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I was unfortunate to find our smallest Rhode island in our nesting box dying. We think one of our bigger reds sat on her while laying. Is there anyway to prevent this from happening again? A bigger nesting box? We have 7 reds and 3 nesting boxes but they all use the same one. They get pretty vocal when its being used by others. Thanks in advance.
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:welcome Glad you joined us!

 

Sorry about your loss! what are the dimensions of your nesting boxes? I've had up to 4 hens all pile in a 14 X14 nest box, and I haven't had any issues. Are you sure she didn't die for some other reason?

Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

Ducks: Blue ripple and black Muscovys

 

 

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Breeds I raise: Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, PROJECT white d'Uccles, Mille fleur d'Uccles, RI reds, Barred PR's, Assorted Cochins, GLW's, Sexlinks, Mutts, and one Lavender Orpington!

Turkeys: Bourbon Red ~ Standard Bronze

Ducks: Blue ripple and black Muscovys

 

 

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Perhaps taking away the favorite box, and putting fake eggs in the other boxes will encourage them all to make another choice.  We did that, and now they squabble a lot less over the favorite box. 

1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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1 Buff Orpingtons (Tikka), 3 Easter Eggers (Rosie, Chief, and Bunny), 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte (Lacey), 2 White Leghorns (Nia and Mochie), 1 Black Austrolorp (Morticia), 1 Cuckoo Maran (Loralei) 1 Golden SexLink (Peanut) 2 Salmon Faverolles (Winnie and Pipi) and 2 Black Jersey Giants (Wednesday and Aunt Singe), .  Also, one gorgeous Bourbon Red jenny (Kris) and her three chicks (Chestnut,...
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post #4 of 5
She probably wasn't squashed, they sometimes go into the nestboxes when they are unwell to hide, she probably died from something else, I have had multiple hens in a box, they can just leave, yours was sick.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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If I could describe her accurately, she would have been a runt. About 5 months old. She was in the nesting box with another 5 month but who was bigger. We figured she would get out if one of the older ones wanted in. ( as we were leaving the coop area one of our loudest was letting the world know she was close). After an hour we went to check the nest and found the little one barely breathing and eyes rolled in the back if head. Ended up passing away a few minutes later. Not sure what happened but guessed she might have been sat on. Our boxes are 14x17.
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