nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by KDOGG331, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    i always thought chickens were supposed to each have their own nesting box. but lots of things say one nesting box for every 4 chickens. i find that amazing. i never have really looked it up. no chickens yet but i hope to soon have some. also do chickens smell? and what about bird flu? sorry, i'm kinda paranoid. thanks.
     
  2. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yep, all literature that I've read says one nest box for every 4 chickens. They will all end up fighing over a few favorite nest anyway.

    I have a flock of 15 pullets and they seem to favor only 3 nest and I have installed 7 in our coop. Oh yea! One of mine refuses to even use a nest box.
    Go figure! [​IMG] She always lays on the floor of the coop in the back corner in the pine shavings.

    Before I had chickens I use to worry about bird flu, but nowthat I have them I'm too addicted to care! [​IMG]

    No really, I just try to give them the proper requirements to keep them healthy and wash my hands. Well, I do snuggle and kiss them all the time......I'm doomed.
     
  3. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens themselves do not smell at all. If you keep the coop clean there is no problem there either. They have to be some of the easiest pets ever. I have never had a problem with the bird flu, is it in your area?
     
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  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] They're like children apparently - mine line up to use the same nest box - they even line up when they DON'T want to lay - they all just don't like one having the box........ [​IMG]

    I just added a new nest box a week ago - a storage tote - plastic, and now they ALL lay in that... so much for my cute wooden boxes.....
     
  5. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:i don't know if it's in my area or not. i live in Duxbury, MA. i don't think it's here but i don't really know. thanks.
     
  6. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
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    I use ONLY these and they love them . I have about 8 in the coop and 1/2 filled with pine shavings ....



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    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Any others you want me to check for?
     
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