I have five birds (3 cornish, 2 EE) and one box. Laying runs anywhere from 530am to 300pm daily.
They all have their own schedule but I've seen two birds stuffed in one box at the same time. Most times, if one is on the nest and another is wanting to nest, they will simply wait their turn -or- simply walk on top of the nesting bird and try to punk them out. Sometimes the nesting bird gets punked, leaves the nest, and will protest loudly while standing over the new nester. Kind of amusing to watch...
The wind blew the run door shut while I was at work yesterday, locking the girls in free range for most of the day w/ no access to the coop & nest box. When I finally got home and opened the run door, both EEs ran into the coop and nested together. Within 10 minutes, they laid and ran back out into the yard. I suspect the cornish probably laid in the yard while locked out, but it was too cold & windy for me to look to verify.
Brownie waiting for Stinky to lay
Brownie finally gets to nest and tends to the bunch already in there, including the golf ball (Mr. Happy)
Everybody laid by 3pm
Edited by FenikT - 1/25/13 at 8:01am