What size should the nest boxes be?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by happymom99, May 24, 2011.

  1. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The plan we're using has a 34" box divided into 3 nest boxes. That is just about 11" for each box. That seems small to me. We're thinking of dividing it into 2 nest boxes instead. Typically, how wide should the nest boxes be? I am going to have standard fowl along with one cochin and one faverolle. Not sure if the cochin and faverolle count as standard or are bigger.


    Also, how many hens will two nest boxes accomodate?

    Thank you,
    CJ
     
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:I would make only 2 nest boxes from that size and they will love it, they often nest many many to a box. LOL they all seem to want to lay where the others have so you will be fine if you had 10 birds and 2 boxes. I have 9 in one pen and they only use 3 boxes where there are 20 others to choose from LOL.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I like boxes to be 12"X12"X12"...

    That's ideal. I think you could get away with 3 boxes and that gives them some privacy.
     
  4. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, Everyone! Hopefully the girls like it. My husband says it will be easy to change if they don't. [​IMG]

    CJ
     

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