Nesting Boxes for 10 hens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jerb, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Jerb

    Jerb New Egg

    Apr 13, 2009
    Good Morning All

    I have 3 Black Sex Links, 4 ISA Browns and 3 Roaster/Boiler Hens - How many Nesting Boxes should I make for them??? Will they share boxes between breeds???

    My coop is also my kids old bus house - it is 4x5 - and 8 foot tall - then the run outside is 3 feet wide by 3 foot tall and 6 foot long on one run and then 3 feet wide by 5 foot tall and then 6 foot long on the other run - it is in the shape of a "L" - is this going to be enough space or should I start building onto it as well??

    Thank you in advance for all answers and comments [​IMG]
  2. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I have 15 laying hens and they lay only in 3 of the 6. The rest they sleep in! Run sizes seem fine!
  3. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Two or three nestboxes should be fine. If three of the hens are CornishX type, better make the nestboxes very low to the ground so they can get there and back without injury.

    Coop is pretty tight if they'll be wanting to spend a lot of time in there, minimally ok otherwise (2 sq ft per hen). If I am understanding correctly (am I?) run is two 3x6' areas, thus 18+18=32 sq ft, which is REAL REAL small for 10 chickens and I'd suggest tripling the size (unless I've got the dimensions wrong).

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I think your coop and run are pretty small for the amount of chickens you have. The usual standard for happy chickens that won't peck each other is 4 sf per hen inside the coop and 10 sf per chicken in the run. You have 20 sf in your coop and 38 sf in the run, which is more suitable for 4-5 standard size hens (at the most). If you are able, I would definitely enlarge your run.

    Assuming you are planning to eat the roasters before too long, you'll want to make your run about 70 sf. for the 7 chickens you'll have left.

    If your roaster/broiler chickens are cornish x, you won't need nestboxes for them - they don't roost or nest. If you are planning to have 7 layers, 2 nestboxes will be enough - if all 10 chickens are layers, you'll probably need 3 boxes.
  6. gimme sum eggs

    gimme sum eggs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2009
    South Branch, MI
    I agree with the others. That's not enough room for happy birds. Per adult bird, the normal minimums are 4 sq.ft/bird coop area and 8-10 sq.ft/bird for the run area. Putting too many birds in an area will decrease your egg production, not to mention bad health and social repercussions on your flock.

    They also like to have a minimum of 10" of perch length per bird.

    Time to add on!! Adding on & getting more chicks is a common occurrence to those with the chicken bug.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2009

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