number of chickens per nesting box question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by phrank, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. phrank

    phrank Out Of The Brooder

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    Mar 19, 2008
    Just got myself 6 new chicks, all hens. Im in the process of designing/ constructing a coop. My question is, do I need a nesting box for each chick ( total 6)? or can I get away with less?

    Just curious

    phrank
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    The general rule of thumb is one next box for every 3 to 4 hens. So, I'd suggest you have two next boxes for your six girls.
     
  3. phrank

    phrank Out Of The Brooder

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    Great, thanks for the quick response

    phrank
     
  4. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, 2 will do you [​IMG] Of course, you're eventually going to end up with more chickens LOL so you may as well build 3 so you don't have to add more later.
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:Yep, good advice! I had my husband build 6 because I knew I'd be getting more chickens. Lol he didn't and had no idea how many boxes were needed per chicken [​IMG]
     

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