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When to set up the nest boxes?

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I'm just curious when is the earliest you can expect them to lay? I currently have my nest boxes inaccessible in an effort to train them to sleep on the roost. When should I set it up and lower the ramp? I have a very mixed flock, 3-8 weeks old, EE BO SLW SS australorp, d'uccle, light brahma and cuckoo Marans...
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Most Hens start laying around the 20 week mark.  Depending on breed, time of year etc it could be up to 30 weeks.  It also depends on the individual chicken.  I had a buckeye that waited what seemed like forever before she started laying.   I usual put the nest boxes out around 14

week mark so they can get used to them being in the coop and know they are there. 

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Some of my 1st gen hens layed their eggs as early as 16 wks, some 18 wks and the other almost nearly 22wks. I 2x @Chickenmanjim7 you can put up the nests @14 so they can get used to them and normally they start scouting nest spots when they are getting ready.
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Basic starter: Personally designed & built Shed/Coupe/Run: 3 Leghorns, 2 Plymouth Barred Rocks, 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes

NEW ADDITION: 4/21/15
Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock
Black Copper Marans & Blue Marans
12x24x7 additional run


NEW BABIES: 2/17/16
New Hampshires, Black Australorps, Amerecaunas,
Easter Eggers & Black Sex Links

NEWER YET: 3/16/16
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Ok thanks for the replies 😊
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