Are 4 hens enough for my family of 5?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SoORchick73, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. SoORchick73

    SoORchick73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since 2 of our chicks turned out to be roos, I am left with 2 red sex links and 2 SLW. There are 5 of us and just want them for our family. Would you add two more laying hens into this flock or leave as is? if I were to add two laying hens should I wait til my other girls are laying...they are 19 wks, or add them now? Thank you!!
     
  2. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless you want a surplus of eggs 4 hens should be plenty enough to provide your family eggs. Right now we only have 3 hens that are laying and we have plenty of eggs. [​IMG]
     
  3. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes that should be enough unless you eat eggs morning ,noon and Night. [​IMG]
     
  4. Auscal

    Auscal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It really depends on how many eggs your family of 5 would eat.

    I think it is reasonable to expect 5-6 eggs per week from a red-sex link, and 4 per SLW. So, when they are all matured and laying (and, if they are 19 weeks that will be very soon), you could conservatively expect 18-20 eggs a week from your 4 hens.

    In your shoes, I would leave things as they are. And, if you need extra incentive, read some of the threads where members are really struggling with integrating extra birds into a flock.
     
  5. StrayMagnet

    StrayMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is a good thread to think about. I have momma hen and 11 chicks.. I do not intend on keeping them all even thou I realy want to, but I decided keeping 4 hens and momma will be pleanty. then get a roo. so I can have more chicks later on.

    but as to how many eggs a family of 5 would eat! lol I'm a family of 7 and there are weeks I go thru 2 18 packs, in one week.. esp when they get on French toast with scrabble kicks lol. so we'd go thru them eggs FAST!! lol

    but also like said.. it depends on what your also comfortable having. and can take care of.
     
  6. abejita

    abejita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mean to tell me that nine hens for two people might be too much? [​IMG]
     
  7. StrayMagnet

    StrayMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] naaawwwwwwww 4 1/2 chickens per person is NO way to much [​IMG].
    I think its only to many if you Think its to many.. and Im starting to think chickens are just like Tatter chips.. you can never have just 1 lol [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It really does depend on your egg eating habits. I eat an egg every morning. If your family ate eggs for breakfast most days, then 4 hens would not be enough. And if you do a fair amount of baking... And if you want to give any to your friends...
     
  9. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Unless you LOVE quiche! [​IMG]
     
  10. abejita

    abejita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hubs and I eat 1-2 dozen eggs a week. We REALLY like eggs and I bake a lot (and we DO like quiche!)

    I have hopes of selling a couple of dozen a week to help pay for their supplies.
     

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