Nesting Boxes: Community or Individual?

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
4,902
246
326
DFW
I have individual nesting boxes, but the hens usually end up using the same one, anyway. Mine are plastic lidded bins, and today I got a Booda covered litterbox. I like plastic because it's easy to clean, and I like having moveable boxes because that gives me the flexibility to move them around as I move my flock around between their tractor and the various runs I have for them.
 

Cloverleaf Farm

Bearded Birds are Best
11 Years
Sep 16, 2008
10,368
137
328
Levan, UT
My flock of 12 layers has 3 boxes, most of them use 1, a few use a 2nd one, and 2 of them use a completely different area...nobody uses the 3rd box at all.
 

rubyrogue

Songster
9 Years
Mar 8, 2010
438
2
129
I have two big nestboxes. Some lay in one, some lay in the other and some lay under them. I dont know how they get under there because there is only like 4 inches but they do so.....
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
5,379
208
303
North/Central Florida
I have both. My earlier tractors used individual nests and my later ones use community. I've come to prefer the community as it eliminates the "nest no one wants to use" problem.

.....Alan.
 

CityChook

Songster
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,719
20
184
Minneapolis, MN
My Coop
My Coop
me too - one community box here. I didn't have space for individual boxes, but they seem to like this long box just fine. Three girls can fit in comfortably, 4 if they squeeze. They still argue about and whine at the current layer to "hurry it up" though.

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justtoni44

Songster
9 Years
Mar 13, 2010
1,096
6
149
oregon
Hi,

I give up trying to please them.............my husband made a really nice three nest box........
We also had an apple box on my garden bench..............you know what they use.so we added two more apple boxes next to the first..they are so happy.a few use the wood box he built......all in the middle nest.grrrrrrrrr
But at least they do not drop them outside
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I think they like the cardboard boxes because they are deeper.....they can hide from view.
 

City Gardener

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 22, 2009
83
0
39
We had three hens crowded into ONE next box today (with four other boxes available, but never used). They were fussing and fighting with each other over it, too, so it wasn't as cute as it might have been.
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
329
341
Ontario, Canada
For whatever it's worth, I currently have my two sussex pens "undivided" so it is just one big pen; one side has two individual nestboxes, the other side has a "doublewide" community nest box.

They lay about half their eggs in the community box, and the other half in the individual boxes.

From this I conclude that my sussexes, at least, do not really care
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Pat
 

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