how many nest boxes

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

  1. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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