Hi all...We have 6 chickens, and our nesting area is plenty big for everyone to comfortably lay, and I keep it clean and fresh. For some reason though, my ameraucauna won't lay her eggs in there. She will pull straw from the nest and make her own little spot in the corner of the coop. She is kind of the "low man on the totem pole" so to speak, and when she started laying before my barnevelder did, the barnevelder pecked the feathers off of her back. So I'm wondering if we need to set up a divider in the nest that turns our one big box into two normal sized boxes, or if it's normal for the bottom chicken to not "be allowed" to lay with the rest?
It's a weird relationship between Rosemary (the ameraucauna) and Biggie (the barnevelder)...They were the last two to start laying several months after everyone else. You rarely see one without the other and Rosemary often tries to be under Biggie. Anyways, thanks in advance for any advice.