What are the dimentions fo nest boxes for heavy breeds

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kiaya611, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. kiaya611

    kiaya611 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have eight breeds, most heavy, but some smaller like Araucanas. I was wondering what a good sixe dimension for the nest boxes would be (side to side and top to bottom). I have read some variations, but I was wondering what has worked best for you all. I would appreciate you hale since building the boxes are very soon on my list.
     
  2. hypnojessi

    hypnojessi Out Of The Brooder

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    In "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens," it says that nest boxes for standard breeds should be 12"x12"x12". But for heavier breeds you should go up to 14"high x 14"wide x 12"deep. Mostly chickens like a good cozy cave instead of a drafty cavern.
     
  3. FiveMileFarmer

    FiveMileFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    hey, my boxes are 12" long, 10" wide and abut 8" deep. perhaps they could be bigger, but they seem to work as my hens always lay in them!
     
  4. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a brahma that likes the bucket nest boxes.
     
  5. FiveMileFarmer

    FiveMileFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    i made mine from old wine crates / boxes
     
  6. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ball park 12x12 is fine. Chickens don't really care. I would suggest a deep nest. I use 2x4 as threshold but they keep kicking the straws out.
     
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    That is the size of my nest boxes and I have not one but 2 Golden Comet hens laying in the same one at the same time even though they have 5 other nest boxes to choose from. Go figure????
     
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