think these will be too small?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bmiss, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. bmiss

    bmiss In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2011
    NE Mississippi
    i have a few drawers i salvaged .....

    i have 2 smaller drawers that are 13" long and 11 3/4" wide... i was hoping to use that for my egg laying boxes.

    i have a bigger drawer that is 29" wide and 13" long. i was hoping to use this when i have a hen to go broody and sit on eggs.

    will these be too small to use for rir, barred rocks, etc?

  2. Creaking pines kids

    Creaking pines kids Songster

    May 27, 2010
    I think they would be too small, but the bigger drawer would be about the right size.
  3. bmiss

    bmiss In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2011
    NE Mississippi
    ^yeah, i was afraid they would be. i just wanted to get a second opinion.
  4. Felony

    Felony Chirping

    Nov 16, 2011
    Quebec, Canada
    Quote:i would think that it would be ok...i used milk crates put on their side and the interior is 11 1/2 by 11 1/2 if i remember correctly, and they used them with no problem. now i use small plastic bucket of about the same diameter and they are fine too! i have barred rock, put they are not full grown yet though (i had them in july) so maybe it wont be ok when they are full grown
  5. mommissan

    mommissan Songster

    Jul 4, 2011
    I'd give the smaller ones a try. I use dishpans, 13.5" x 12.5" x 5.6". My standard size girls love them. I've even seen two squished into one pan. My roo sleeps in one every night. Never know. [​IMG]
  6. chickenfarmer17

    chickenfarmer17 Chirping

    Mar 7, 2011
    Preston County WV
    i think it would be fine because my barred rocks rir's and others use 9in x 12in boxes comfortable and even hatch peeps from these boxes and i have had them like that for approx 5yrs and i have offered other bigger boxes but they still use the small ones
  7. AccentOnHakes

    AccentOnHakes Songster

    Oct 2, 2009
    Besides the posts above, bear in mind that not all hens are the same size. You may have some smallish hens or bantams in the future. I think the size will be fine--12x12 inches is just a guideline. Give it a try!

  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I don't believe the smaller to be to small, as it's not much smaller than my next boxes. However if you are planning on an open top communal nest box, I recommend against such nest boxes as they lend themselves to egg eating. My next boxes have barely a 6" opening and the girls manage to get in and out just fine.

    Nest boxes should be big enough for them to get in and out of but not so big they can move around alot. They should be dark and private. Privacy is why hens go off to brood. I have all large breeds.

    If you are to cover the small box I advise you use it the 13 front to back and 11 3/4 side to side or wide.

    I wish you well,


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