1. TysonDSMIowa

    TysonDSMIowa Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I have started my new chicken coop. How wide should my nesting box be? Right now I was thinking 12in deepx12in tall x 11in wide. That would allow me to have four nesting boxes. What do you think?
     
  2. MichChase

    MichChase New Egg

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    12"x12"x12" is typical size but it depends on size of chickens. I always make mine at 14"x14"x14" and works out well. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³ and can accommodate 2 Golden Comet hens at once). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
    Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

    I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

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  4. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the max number of birds your coop could hold? I built three 16 inch wide boxes for my 6x8 coop. The most I would have in it is twelve birds. I was told you need one nest next box for every 4-6 hens.
     
  5. BrokeFarmerJohn

    BrokeFarmerJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built mine around the plastic containers which I suggest with pine shavings, I pull the containers out daily, pick out feathers and any poo stir the chips and it's good to go. I have never had to dump them yet but if I do clean out will be a breeze. Mine are I believe 13" tall, 12" wide and 16" deep, just depends on the container for me, my kick board on the face is 4" tall. I staggared my boxes so they can hop from the lower tier to the upper tier.

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    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
  6. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My goofy hens wouldn't use the nest boxes when I had the plastic tubs inside. I thought that was a great idea too! Hubby built the boxes around the tubs. They're now collecting dust in our basement. :he

    Your set-up looks really nice.
     

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