ratio for nesting box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by devin mctaggart, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. devin mctaggart

    devin mctaggart In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    If the ratio for the nesting boxes are 1 for every 5-8 hens where do they all sleep.
    I know in our coup that we have five hens and a rooster and at night
    If u go in there that the hens are in the boxes. ( but we have 13 of them). Thats how we are going off how many we should have??

  2. They should sleep on roosts if you have them, if they sleep in the nest boxes, they tend to poop in em
  3. Chikenranchtex

    Chikenranchtex In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2012
    This is an interesting factoid....... I thought you needed as many boxes as you have hens....... Must do further research on this.
  4. Cargo

    Cargo Songster

    Sep 28, 2010
    Farmington, NM
    Chickens usually sleep at the highest point they can reach in the coop. So most of us add a roost that sits higher than the nest boxes.
  5. jdeoliveira74

    jdeoliveira74 Songster

    Feb 15, 2012
    I believe the math is 4 chickens to a nest box I built 4 in my coop and only have 8 birds going on 7 cause one so far is turning out to be a boy..
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Nesting box to chicken ratios are kind of funny. If you provide more boxes they still only use one. We have a coop that could hold eight chickens so have two nesting boxes attached. They all lay in one, sometimes all lay in the other. On the rare occasion a hen is taking far to long and the next in line just can't wait. It like having two bathrooms, you really only need the one excepting for emergencies and convenience.

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