New member lots of questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ktjay563, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Ktjay563

    Ktjay563 New Egg

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    I got my first egg today and am so excited, but I see I have alot to learn, I will not ask all of my questions at once, but I have a question, I have 6 chickens how many boxes do I need for them to lay eggs? I was not ready for them to start so I did not have any boxes or straw for them, I rushed out and got straw and my husband made a box so hopefully tomorrow we will have another egg:D
     
  2. vetgirl00us

    vetgirl00us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I would start with one or two for now and plan on building maybe 3-4 to keep the hens happy and from having to wait.
     
  3. eenie114

    eenie114 Completly Hopeless

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    I'd start with 3-5, but be warned: There WILL be a favorite. Sometimes, mine will just wait outside the favorite until it's empty, or even try to share. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Overrun With Chickens

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    I read somewhere that you only need one for every four hens.... but they always seem to have a favorite nest box
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. Good advice given. Happy egg collecting. [​IMG]
     
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Hello from Tucson, AZ and [​IMG] Congratulations on your first egg! [​IMG] I have 6 hens and two boxes are fine. Three of them occasionally try to lay at once but one will just climb onto the other or snuggle up next to them, but that is rare.
     
  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    [​IMG] From Mississippi! Two nest boxes will be fine for 6 hens. I agree, there will be favorites though.
     
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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  9. Ktjay563

    Ktjay563 New Egg

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    Thanks for all of the good advise. I am going to start with 2 boxes and grow from there. Next question, do you have to wash the eggs before you store them?
     

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