6 Chickens in one nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HEREINMAINE, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. HEREINMAINE

    HEREINMAINE Hatching

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    I am new here ((although I have been lurking for awhile)) and I have a question.

    Does anyone know why my 6 Rhode Island Reds all huddle in one nesting box at night, when they have 6 boxes to choose from. (They live in a very nice coop with lots of room)
    They are 16 weeks old. If I separate them, they go right back into one box. Is this normal?


    Thanks![​IMG]
    Donna
     

  2. Annabella

    Annabella Songster

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    Safety in numbers??
    Still a bit young and not independent is what comes to my mind.
    As they get older I think you will find they will start separating. [​IMG]
    Do you have roosts for them??
     
  3. HEREINMAINE

    HEREINMAINE Hatching

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    Thanks for responding.

    Yes they each have a roost. I have never had chickens before, and am new to this rural farm living. (family in Boston is still absolutely horrified that we are doing this) [​IMG]


    I guess I will just have to wait and see. They do cluster together most of the time, even though they have lots of room.
    Donna
     
  4. Mom2Cool

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    I agree with Annabella said. Sounds like they're a little out of their element & maybe scared & so "huddling" in fear. If they don't already have a roost I would put one in & then just give it some time & once they see it's all ok & they are feeling uncomfortable I imagine they'll all go for the roost... They'll probably still all huddle up up on the roost too I know my full grown chickens are all shoulder to shoulder.
     

  5. HEREINMAINE

    HEREINMAINE Hatching

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    thank You! I wasnt sure if I was doing something wrong.

    Donna
     

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