New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Using only one box??????

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

We have a coop with three egg boxes.  We get anywhere from 2-6 eggs a day.  95% of the time they are all laid in the same box.  One box has never had an egg in it.  We have added golf balls but nothing seems to help.  I have 4 pullets that will start any day, is there anything I can do to get them to use the other two???

post #2 of 7

The chickens pick a favorite and pretty much stick to it.

 

I have 7 hens laying in the same one of my 3 boxes too. They may sit in one of the others until one hen gets done laying then they move over to the "community" box to lay theirs. I've even had two hens sitting in that same box at the same time. I haven't had any issues to their arrangement they all seem to be happy with it.

You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

Reply

You win some and lose some. When at first you don't succeed: try... try... try... try and try again.

 

How to Provide Emergency and Supportive Care        

Maintaining a Healthy Flock

Chicken Injuries & Diseases

Poop Chart 

Emergency Helpful References & Links

Reply
post #3 of 7

Maybe get a couple hard plastic or ceramic fake eggs to go along with the golf balls.

I leave mine in the nests at all times, and sometimes change them around to see if it makes a difference. I did have one pullet who wouldn't lay in a nest with fake egg at first.

 

You have 6 layers and 4 pullets and 3 nests?

Do all 3 nests have the same shape, size, and bedding?


Edited by aart - 11/21/15 at 6:31am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #4 of 7

I agree with aart's recommendations.  Having enough boxes is important.  I had 50 hens with 20 boxes of the same size and bedding and they regularly layed in 3 but would occasionally lay and of the other for one reason of another, sometimes they would lay in quite a few of them for a week or so at a time.  I could not tell you exactly would cause they to change laying habits.

Tom Depointe

Brooklyn, Connecticut

Reply

Tom Depointe

Brooklyn, Connecticut

Reply
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

we have three boxes that are all 12 by 12.  No differences.  I may just leave an egg in one of the other ones.  I have read in a few other places that this is common.  Just seems weird to me.

post #6 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamagaines View Post
 

we have three boxes that are all 12 by 12.  No differences.  I may just leave an egg in one of the other ones.  I have read in a few other places that this is common.  Just seems weird to me.

They want to lay where it's safe to lay...an existing egg deems the place safe to lay

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #7 of 7

The presence of an egg in the nest says, "This is a good/safe place to lay your egg" to the next hen(s) to come along - which is why you often find one or two nests with several eggs and other nests with no eggs at all.  The "favorite" can change from one day to the next sometimes.  As suggested above, "bating" the nests can be a good way to encourage exploration of other options, but as long as everyone remains happy with the consolidated laying and eggs are not being broken or excessively dirtied (ie by dirty feet walking on them, which is easily addressed) there is no reason to force them into using other nests.  If/when someone refuses to give up the favorite nest and the next hen can't cross her legs anymore she'll use another nest.

Your number of nests is more than sufficient.


Edited by Ol Grey Mare - 11/21/15 at 5:38pm
Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket?
Reply
Where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket?
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying