Is 4 nest boxes enough?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lee1, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Lee1

    Lee1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I have 14 sex link hens, they are very large about 15 weeks old. I have 4 nest boxes and looking at these hens will they be enough? I have delaware/road island red cross and plymouth rock/road island red cross. thanks in advance
     
  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Average is 3/4 birds pert nest box. Some birds may perfer to lay in one particular box. Sometimes I get 2 or 3 birds in one nest box. [​IMG]
     
  3. chickmamawannabe

    chickmamawannabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some books I've read have said 5 hens to a nestbox. Personaly, I would do no more than 3 to a box.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It will be fine. They all will have favorites. I had over a dozen always fighting for the same spot...
     
  5. Lee1

    Lee1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, Thanks everyone I guess 4 nest boxes will be ok!
     
  6. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

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    I think you'll be fine and I wouldn't be surprised if most of them still gravitate to one or two boxes....
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with bluey. [​IMG]
     

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