2 hens in same nest

eggcatcher

Chirping
9 Years
Mar 21, 2010
63
2
94
I have only two hens. Today one was sitting in a nest and the other one kept getting in there with her. She wasn't pecking or squaking or anything. There are 6 nests. I kept pulling her out and putting her in other nests. She finally layed her egg in another nest. She has used other nests than the one the 1st hen was in before but it is their favorite nest right now. Is this normal behavior?
 

uncle rico

Songster
8 Years
Apr 29, 2011
277
0
109
Spring Green, WI
yes this is normal behavior. my hens occasionally will try to squeeze into the same box but it doesn't happen often with my flock. just typical hen behavior
 

7L Farm

Songster
9 Years
Jul 22, 2010
4,635
70
231
Anderson, Texas
Yes I saw mine doing the same thing this AM. I looked at her & said hey girl there's 5 other boxes. Crazy birds. I just let her be. If she lays eggs she's fine with me.
 

sourland

Broody Magician
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
May 3, 2009
105,695
251,014
1,887
New Jersey
It is called "the grass is greener on the other side of the fence" behavior.
Just as with people that which someone else has is more appealing.
 

CapricornFarm

Goat lover!
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 1, 2010
69,244
239,924
1,757
Southern Virginia
Oh yes, I had a silkie brooding and my LF light brahma hen was laying her eggs in there, with the silkie still in the box! I mean, they were like smushed. Then the brahma decided to go broody as well. After about 2 weeks of this, the silkie hen decided to move to another box.
 

Brandon97

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 1, 2011
136
1
89
Newport, Wales, UK.
Yes! i opened one of my nest boxes the other day to find 6 hens all squeezed up in there, and one was trying to incubate eggs, which are going to hatch in about a week now!!!
 

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