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Xlarge Nesting Box for 4 BOs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CityChook, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. CityChook

    CityChook Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    Hi All - Coop construction going on at my house. I have a 23 inch space to put my nesting box(es) into. I have 4 Buff Orps. After construction, if I wanted two boxes, they would end up being 10-11 inches wide. Is this too small? I was thinking of making one laaaarrrge box taking up the whole 23 inch space. Would they share? What would you do?
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    That is exactly what i did, and yes they share [​IMG] Since they all will try to get in the same nest box anyway, i thought it made sense. I wonder why everyone doesn't do it. Also when i had a broody in the nest box hatching eggs, there was still room for the others. I had 3 nest boxes and took out the dividers.

  3. oldegger

    oldegger In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    Monclova, OH
    Most of what I have read hear and elsewhere one nesting box per 4 hens is the norm. Most posters state there hen all seem to lay in one nesting box. IMO one large one would be preferred over two smaller ones [​IMG]

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