Nest boxes: nesting area for chickens

The best NEST BOXes for chickens

by Jennifer Behm – Chicken farmerLast Updated– 10 January 2021

Hens will always seek out dark, quiet and secluded places to lay their eggs. By providing a suitable nest box within the coop, you can provide your hens with their ideal laying environment and space where you know their eggs will be clean and protected and easy for you to find! Many traditional wooden hen houses have the nest box protruding at the side and access via a top locking lid, so you can open it and collect eggs with minimal disturbance to the hen-house as a whole. If you use this traditional layout always ensure that the nest box is kept locked or the lid is very heavy, as this is an unprotected outside area, it is easy for foxes to gain access to the house this way. 

A nest box should be just a little larger than a crouching bird, around 12 inches square and about 9 inches high. Giving more height to a nest box is counterproductive, as the hen will try to sleep there and scratch around, potentially damaging the eggs. They will also foul the nest box more, meaning more work for you.


Nest boxes should be lined with soft dry litter, (which should be changed regularly) and raised from the ground, but ideally never higher than the perches. You just need to ensure that the bedding is sufficient and that it is comfortable for the chicken. Up to three hens will share one nesting box happily, but if you have three hens, two nest boxes will be better. Greater consideration should of course be given to the comfort of the box if the hen is to raise chicks rather than just use the box as a laying area.

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2 thoughts on “<span class="hpt_headertitle">Nest boxes: nesting area for chickens</span>”

  1. Little Giant Single Plastic Nesting Box
    I am the creator of a poultry and also wildlife rescue and sanctuary in Texas which just recently expanded its lodging. I have actually constantly had my nesting boxes for the chickens made in the past couple of years when we required them since the ones commonly sold that are not constructed in merely are not what makes a chicken comfy.

    They require dark, they need color, they SIGNIFICANTLY desire personal privacy, they don’t want a hen to perch on the top of the bx and also interrupt them, they require area to turn around as well as often tend to their nest, and also a perch on which to jump to the box, look in and also inspect it prior to resolving in.

    They also desire it off the floor. If like me, you have non-flying hens, they can still clear at the very least a foot even if they can’t fly, as well as they like to be off the ground as chickens fear computer mice and also serpents when they go into their deep egg laying hypnotic trance.

    They additionally quite need air flow.

  2. Harris Farms 2 Hole Nesting Box is a fun little nesting box, nevertheless the instructions are composed inadequately and the pictures are similarly as negative. I’m rating this as a 4 celebrity as a result of the directions. I have actually also included two up close photos of the perch, in hopes that it will certainly assist some inadequate other in the future and avoid him from wishing to vow as well!

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