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That includes roosting,nesting, feeding ,the run
1/4/2017 8:27 AM report abuse
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Thanks Patrick how many laying box's do I need
1/4/2017 10:25 AM report abuse

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Survived our first winter in Montana. Girls did well even when it got to -22.
You should have a nesting box for every 3 or 4 chickens. I'd say 6 would be a good number for you.

No matter what you do there will be nesting boxes that the chickens like better than others. I have 3 boxes. They lay in one, sometimes two boxes. They all hate the middle one. All the boxes are identical in size and shape. When I had 6 hens and 2 boxes, they all laid in the same box. Sometimes you'll see one on top of the other in one box rather than use the empty box next door.
1/4/2017 11:59 AM report abuse

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it sounds like it's very hard to predict just how the chooks are going to use the nesting boxes..

Are there any known tips for encouraging chickens to use a nesting box?
1/5/2017 5:44 PM report abuse

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Survived our first winter in Montana. Girls did well even when it got to -22.
Adding a fake egg or a golf ball to the box often helps hens use the nesting boxes if they aren't already using them. They figure if someone else is laying in the box it must be a good spot.
1/5/2017 9:19 PM report abuse

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Ours actually like their nest boxes with a privacy screen. They fake egg trick gets them in, but all our nest boxes get used (6 hens, 3 nest boxes and still occasionally two hens in a box!).
1/31/2018 9:06 AM report abuse
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