Number of chickens per nest box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MamaSteph, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. MamaSteph

    MamaSteph Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2008
    From what I've read here, the rule is 2-3 chickens per nest box. However, most of the coops I've seen around here are for relatively small numbers of chickens (20 or less). We are planning to build a coop with a capacity of 35-40 layers. Do I really need between 12-20 nest boxes? What do those of you with 30+ chickens have for chicken to nest box ratios?
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I've never had 30+ layers but I was just reading this page:

    Poultry Science, Mississippi State University

    "One nest 14 inches wide, 12 inches high, and 16 inches deep is needed for each four hens."

    Stephen's digits

    edited to say: Even with just a few hens, it is a good idea to have a minimum of 2 nestboxes. That will take some of the competition off even tho' 3 or 4 hens will still want to lay in the same nest. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008

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