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Old 09-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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i have seen lots of variations of nesting boxes, but still have a few questions.....

1. do they need to be enclosed, ie. do the chickens need a dark place?

2 if elevated off the ground, do you need a "ramp" to get them in the box?

3 how many will lay in the same box, if i have 5 hens, do i need 5 boxes?

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Old 09-08-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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No they don't need a ramp. Generally they choose to use the same box for whatever reason (maybe easier to defend if necessary) but 3 boxes for 5 chickens would be plenty. They need to feel safe and secure. Generally a lip of about 3 inches (so the eggs don't roll out) however some folks turn a 5 gal pail on its side and use that for a nesting box. I've also heard of milk crates turned on their sides for the same purpose.



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Old 09-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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3 nest boxes for 7 and they all gravitate towards the top box at my house. The more the merrier?



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Is that all 7? Very funny! Good answer by the way.

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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I just use a pet carrier. 6 hens but only 4 or 5 eggs a day. Just sit it under the roost or where ever. They seem to find it.



I have seen two in it at the same time and watch many arguments on who's turn it is.



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good idea that.

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good idea that.

The pet carrier or the buff rock cross?
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I have two 5 gallon buckets as my nesting boxes. You can see the picture in the photo gallery under chicken tractors. I have used milk crates before, too. I don't have a ramp in front of mine, but I did put a perch in front of them to make it easier.

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You can see the picture in the photo gallery under chicken tractors.
I'm not able to view any images under the Photos categories. Mite it be a permission thing? I can see the thumbnails on the first page and the number of images. But nothing once in the folder.
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i use milk crates but dont turn them sideways. they work great. i have 3 for 15 chickens because they all want to use the same one. some people use a drawer from chest of drawers or just any thing. you can nail 4 boards togather just make sure no nails are showing and it has a bottom



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