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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by willowandthyme, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. willowandthyme

    willowandthyme In the Brooder

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    We're having a new coop built for our 11 chickens but I was wondering about the "everyone wants one nesting box" issue. In our case its big feed buckets on their sides for now. In the new coop I'm wondering if a long shelf with a 3 inch lip full of straw would work and help alleviate the crowding? Seriously, one day 4 chickens had crowded into this one bucket and poor Annabelle was quite squashed on the bottom lol. Any thoughts?
    Thanks!
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    I'd opt for several options: several normal sized nests, and one community nest.
     
  3. emma p

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    You will probably only need one nesting box for every three or four chickens. They like them to be like 12 by 12. But larger is always better!

    Good luck!
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    I'd provide one nest box for every 4 hens (in your case, that would probably be 3 nest boxes- but it wouldn't hurt to have a couple more, just in case you get some more birds someday!).
     

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