Dexter

Hatching
11 Years
Oct 2, 2008
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I have 20 egg layers 10 weeks old now. All have survived my learning curve. First kick at the chicken!!!! . How many nesting boxes would be sufficient for those 20 layers?
 

scrapmom5

Songster
11 Years
Apr 21, 2008
432
3
141
Utah
4 or 5 would be sufficient. I have heard some say four hens per nest box and others say 5 per box. I have 20 and have 6 boxes...they only use 3 of them and the cochin uses the fourth one as her very own potty (it is soooo gross). Not one other bird will touch that box. The other two just get forgotten.
 

Dustoff79

Songster
11 Years
Aug 5, 2008
147
8
121
San Antonio, Texas
I know this may be a stupid question but, Does it make any difference if the nest boxes are all in a row or stacked? is it better to have one row of six or two rows of three or three rows of two??? Do the chickens tend to use the lower boxes if stacked?
 

Daycare Mom

Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious
11 Years
Apr 9, 2008
1,122
9
171
Conklin, Michigan
Quote:I don't know if it makes a difference or not. I think they pick the favorites and use those ones. My girls all lay in two boxes. I have four boxes, two on bottom and two on top they only use the two on the end top and bottom. Don't know why.
 

Buckaroo

Songster
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
279
0
129
Milton Florida
It's a chicken thing,
my past chickens had I think 8 nest in a row, but always laid in the same two. I had several hens, maybe 20. I once seen two in the same box, guess they had to lay at the same time. Neat thing was I could be working outside, and could always tell when an egg was layed. It was like a celebration or something, all the chickens would go crazy. People visiting would say something is stiring your chickens, nope, a hen just layed an egg. lol
 

too much fun

Songster
11 Years
May 4, 2008
316
0
129
Happy Valley, Utah
I have four hens and three nests, each lay in their own nest and the fourth one lay in the corner on the floor under the nest. Guess I should have made the fourth box, who would have thunk?
 

wilds of pa

Songster
12 Years
Feb 17, 2007
2,601
23
211
The Blue Mountains of Pa
Its funny when you give them tons of nest boxes,,

Our orps have like 10 nest boxes for 20 some hens. however its like going to the movies as they all line up and wait there turn to get into 2 of the 10 nest boxes..

Charlie
 

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