Where they lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenscratch, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. chickenscratch

    chickenscratch In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2007
    I have 4 chickens and built only 2 boxes for them to lay eggs is this enough or do I need 4, one for each chicken???

    Also someone told me they like to have a covering, like cloth, hanging down in open part is this true?
  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Welcome, no, you do not have to have a nesting box per chicken. I have four laying right now and they all lay in the same box, they may change boxes but they all lay in the same one.
    Mine do not have a covering on the front. I would think it would be too hot to do that for them.
  3. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Actually I think the rule of thumb is 1 nest for 3-4 hens. And it depends on the hens as to what kind of nest boxes work best. Some hens prefer to be up off the floor and in a dark hidey place so a nesting unit mounted on the wall a couple feet off the floor would probably work best. Other hens do fine with a cardboard box in a corner of the floor. Others prefer the woods, bushes, under the deck, a shelf in the tool shed, whatever. lol. Mine seem to prefer the nesting unit on the wall. Try different things and find what works best for your flock.

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