This spring I got six ISA Brown chicks, returning to chicken-raising after a couple of decades off. What an absolutely marvelous breed. They started laying early and haven't quit through the winter months. We usually get six eggs a day.
My question is this:
In my small coop (a converted outhouse) I built two identical nest boxes, directly connected to each other. But the chickens will only use one of them. Sometimes there will be three hens stuffed into the one 15" cube, while the nest just next door sits empty.
I tried a crate on the floor in the corner, but they ignored it too.
It's not a huge problem. They all eventually lay their eggs in the one nest. But it would certainly be more comfortable for them if I could figure out what's wrong with the other nest.
(FYI the nests are a little over 1 cubic foot each, made of plywood, with pine shavings as bedding, sitting about 2' off the ground in a corner)
I figured some of you speak chicken as a second language. Any help would be much appreciated!