# How big do laying boxes need to be?

**nest box**for regular chickens such as Leghorns, Sussex, Plymouth Rocks and hybrid layers

**needs**to be a 12 inch cube; 12 inches tall,

**wide**and deep. This

**will**fit the average hen quite nicely. Larger birds such as Jersey Giants

**will need**12 inches deep, 14 inches

**wide**and 12 inches tall.

Thereof, how many nesting boxes do I need for 20 chickens?

Number of hens | Nest boxes suggested |
---|---|

8-10 | 2 |

12-15 | 3 |

16-20 | 4 |

20-25 | 5 |

Also, how many nesting boxes do I need for 6 chickens? However, there are plenty of poultry supply companies that sell nest boxes and the answer they should give you is approximately **one nest box** for every 5 – 6 hens. Now, this can and does vary somewhat but the point is this, if you have 25 hens you don't need to purchase 25 individual nest boxes.

In respect to this, should nesting boxes be elevated?

**Nest boxes can** sit on the ground or be **elevated**. But keep in mind that **nest boxes** on the ground take away from use able floor space. I like to elevate them at least 18 inches so that my floor space is open. If you're stacking, you **can** always use chicken ladders or perches for the higher **boxes**.

How many laying boxes does a chicken need?

Experts recommend that you have one **nesting box per** five **chickens**. Best practices for animal welfare and husbandry recommend no more than three to four hens **per nesting box**.