how many nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joe17, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. joe17

    joe17 Songster

    Nov 25, 2009
    How many nest boxes should I have for about 5 silkie hens?

  2. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Normaly I'd say two--rule of thumb is one box per four birds, but at least two boxes. However since you have silkies who are known to be hard-core broody hens I would probably put three boxes in so you have one available (hopefully) when the broody bug bites them.
  3. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Songster

    Jul 19, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I can tell you that it won't matter how many nest boxes you put in, they have their favorites and I have found up to 3 of my silkies trying to squeeze into one nest box, even though I have 7 others empty. ahhhh, silkies.

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