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Number of nest boxes for 6 hens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shannacrew, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. shannacrew

    shannacrew Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm currently building the coop and run for our baby chicks. How many nest boxes will I need for our 6 (med-large breed) hens? Thanks!
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I'd go with two. Most of them will use th esame one, but I like the flexibility a second one gives you. Certainly no more than two though.
     
  3. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree 2 is probably a good number. You could do 3 but like ridgerunner said they'll prob all try to hog one box.
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I"d go with 2, as said. I believe if my memory recalls right, 1 box for every 4 hens? is the general rule of thumb.
     
  5. shannacrew

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    Thanks for the replies! I will take your advice and go with two. I can always add another on top later if needed.
     
  6. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six hens and 2 boxes and they only lay in 1 of them.
     
  7. Rainey Ranch

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    About 2-4, 2 for the amout you have, put if you plan on getting more i would put in 4.. 4-6 hens per 1 nesting box. but hens seem to like to use the same box.
     
  8. We all love our chickens. But they are neurotic, & they will likely only use 1 nest box. They will wait for that special one even if more are provided.
     
  9. Ridgerunner

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    Each chicken is different and each flock has its own dynamics. I’ve seen three hens crowded into one nest at the same time with a fourth hen pacing, waiting for room to get in. There were two empty nests available.

    I currently have 11 hens laying with three nests available. Most eggs are usually in one nest but the other two always have a few. Most of my hens will lay their egg in the same nest every day, but occasionally I find one that is using a nest other than her regular nest.

    I’ve had hens that are nest hogs. Most hens are willing to share but one would spend three hours on a nest while she was laying and would not allow any other hen to join her during that time. When a hen goes broody, some will welcome other hens in to lay with her while others will defend their nests. Each chicken is different.

    I think you are making the right decision. Two should be plenty for six hens but you have the ability to add another if you see a need. You have the flexibility to handle whatever happens.
     
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