Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Dexter, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. Dexter

    Dexter Hatching

    Oct 2, 2008
    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?
  2. scrapmom5

    scrapmom5 Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    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.
  3. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    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?
  4. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    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. [​IMG]
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I have two rows and they lay wherever they want, even started laying in the corner of the coop [​IMG]
  6. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    Milton Florida
    It's a chicken thing, [​IMG] 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 [​IMG]
  7. too much fun

    too much fun Songster

    May 4, 2008
    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?
  8. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    Thanks, I guess I will just stack the rows and let them sort it out.
  9. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    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..


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