Nesting box size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by darajosami, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. darajosami

    darajosami Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have three boxes that are 30cm (app 12") wide x 30cm (app 12") deep x 25cm high (app 10"). My question is, will this be too high for my Brown Leghorns (who are apparently a cross between a normal size and Bantam [​IMG])? We were thinking of cutting the front a little lower for it to get in.

    Also, how deep do you fill the container? I was thinking about 3/4 or should it be half?
     
  2. deathfromabove

    deathfromabove Out Of The Brooder

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    That size should work out for you, the hens will probably share the same box to lay there eggs. My nest boxes are 12 inches high x 16in wide x 12 in long. I have four of them and 13 hens and they only use two boxes sometime two at a time.
     
  3. darajosami

    darajosami Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for that. getting them tomorrow and hoped they weren't too high.

    How far do I fill up with hay?
     
  4. Meeka3

    Meeka3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put my boxes on their side, and put a piece of board in front with a brick to hold it in place to stop the chooks from kicking the hay out. They all want the same box, and when one changes, they all change, and sometimes I have 3 or 4 all squashed in together, sitting on each other's heads, while the other boxes all sit empty. I recently put some plastic eggs in the other boxes and have had some luck with a couple of the younger chooks.
     
  5. deathfromabove

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    I put enough in to fill the bottom. You just need enough to cushion the egg so it doesn't break.
     

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