Six hens, how many boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by doulos668, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. doulos668

    doulos668 New Egg

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    I am looking at building a 5x5 coop to give them 4 sq ft each. I was thinking about 5 nesting boxes along the back for easy access to eggs. is 5 too many or too little ?
     
  2. flyin-lowe

    flyin-lowe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4-5 nest boxes per hen. Two would be plenty and they would probably only use one. I have 3 boxes on my 6x8 coop with 9 hens.
     
  3. BertandMary

    BertandMary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed. 2 is plenty.
     
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 hens, 3 nesting boxes, they usually use 2.
     
  5. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will use one because clutch tendency, have another for spare.

    Another thought if you have not built the coop yet. 5x5 will likely mean two piece floor board with a seam. Think about 5x4 or 6x4.
     
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