Stupid Question #2349: Nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JerryO, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. JerryO

    JerryO In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I think I already know the answer but I might as well look like a fool and ask, do you need one nesting box per chicken or will they share boxes?
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    You do not state what breed of birds you have...
    I have silkies...they do not roost and like to sleep all piled together (even when it is hot)...
  3. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Songster

    Aug 16, 2007
    I have 10 girls and 12 nesting boxes but at least half of them never get used. They like to share. One girl will lay and then get down and another jumps in a lays an egg right beside the one that's already there.
    I have standard cochins and 2 JG.

  4. JerryO

    JerryO In the Brooder

    Apr 15, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I'll have about 20 layers when all is said and done, some buff orpingtons, red stars and white leghorns.
  5. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    three to four hens can share one nest. It appears they all tend to like the same nests. lol So no need to go overboard with nests from what I have gathered on this site and those doing this for some time.
  6. spottedtail

    spottedtail Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    One box to 4 hens is about right.
    It's interesting to observe their nestbox preference.
    At times, certain boxes are popular and others are practically ignored. Then a few weeks later, the opposite it true.
    Usage seems to cycle back and forth, and over a years time I'd bet it just about evens out.

  7. claytonpiano

    claytonpiano Hatching

    May 12, 2007
    We had around 40 hens and 12 nest boxes. The stupid girls only used 4 of them. There was a line waiting to get in and then we usually had them sitting on top of each other and squaking. We had barred rocks and buff orpingtons at the time.

    Eventually, the buffs got better about venturing into other boxes. The silkies use 4 nest boxes that are low to the ground.....well, sometimes......other times they are just under the ramp going into the barn or dropped on the ground in the garden!
  8. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yep, about four birds per box. Then keep a golf ball in each one to encourage them to not cram all their eggs in one basket, so to speak. It's instinct for them to all lay in one spot then whoever gets the short straw has to sit on the eggs until they hatch while the others keep running amok. So if they see more than one golf ball they'll won't know which is the spot of the day.

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