1. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 or 8 hens( the jury is still out on one) how many and how big should their nest boxes be. Any info would be great. First time building and really haven't got a clue. Thanks.
     
  2. t-dawg

    t-dawg Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, are they standard or Bantams?
     
  3. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    You should have about three or four boxes and they should all be about 12 inches wide by 12 inches tall by 12 inches deep. They dont have to be that exact size but they need to be close so the hens will be able to fit in the boxes comfortably.
     
  4. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are standards. I was talking to my father-in-law and he said something about using 5 gallon buckets cut down to size. What do you all think about this idea?
     
  5. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I have seen many people use those and they say they work good.
     
  6. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 12x12x12 nesting boxes...and those work good.

    My dad's hens have chosen his turned-over 5-gallon buckets on his farm.
     
  7. jaymur

    jaymur New Egg

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    Hello everybody,
    I was wondering if I could tag along and ask about the placement of the boxes or buckets so that the chickens don't climb on top and get poop in or on top of them?
     
  8. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you pitch the top enough, they won't be able to stand on it.

    I used Smartpanel siding for my coop, and the pre-primed side is pretty slippery to chickens. So, I used scrap pieces of that for my nest box top. You could probably also use acrylic or other plastic.
     
  9. firem3

    firem3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do a search on BYC for nesting boxes. there are to many to count. I know you will get a good idea from the past posts.[​IMG]
     
  10. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are my nesting boxes "if you wanted to get an idea [​IMG] "
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