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What is the best size nesting box for large breed hens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mysweetgypsy, May 18, 2011.

  1. mysweetgypsy

    mysweetgypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm an Architecture student designing and building my own coop this week. I have everything laid out, but am not sure what nesting box size would be best for large breed hens? I have a handful of pullets that won't be laying for a few months. The breeds range in size from Buff Orpingtons (full size not bantam) to a few petite silkies. I'll have a total of 10-12, hens only, but mostly large breed. So what size is best? Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    14w x 14h x 12d
     
  3. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went 14x14x14 for BRs, RIRs, and Dels.
     
  4. latebloomer

    latebloomer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can't wait to see pictures of the coop

    i'm an architect in the process of building a coop and am thinking it sure has been a long time since i was a paid framer
     
  5. Farmer_Dan

    Farmer_Dan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    5 gallon bucket on it's side, half blocked in front w/ a piece of plywood with some hay in it. [​IMG]
     
  6. mysweetgypsy

    mysweetgypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to all! I think I'll end up with 5 - 14x15x12, just as it happens. As for pictures, don't expect too much! I'm only a second year student, and this is my first attempt at anything like this!! But I'll send pics, for better or worse:) At least the chickens won't be too critical, hahaha:lol:
     
  7. mysweetgypsy

    mysweetgypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Finally done, run and all [​IMG] There are 5 boxes off the back so they have all 32sqft inside. The run is about 140sqft. I have a full size clean out/access door on the right side. In the end I'll have just 10 birds, (once the extra roos are gone). Ok I forgot I have to finish the front door [​IMG] It's never done!! Oh well, the cheepers are happy [​IMG] But I can't complain, it cost me under $600, for everything, I mean everything. Wood, roofing, PT, fencing, windows, the whole 9 yards! Since we did it ourselves I know it'll outlast the chickens [​IMG] Not bad for my first architecture project.

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  8. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I must say I like the idea of the window being the chicken door! Nice looking coop! Is that a sand pit under the hen house?
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011
  9. mysweetgypsy

    mysweetgypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Maine also [​IMG] Yes I plan on adding the sand tomorrow, good eye! Thanks, I'm probably way more excited than I should be-hahaha!
     
  10. amenfarm

    amenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coop looks great! I would personally add smaller sized fencing-(Not chicken wire) inside, below ground (or cinder blocks buried) and above your chain link, and also, elecrtic fencing top and bottom might be something to add at sometime.. As they say,"build it and they will come". That space at the bottom looks like a neborah's dog could dig right under--fast.
     

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