Adding new chickens...do they need another nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bonebrake, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. bonebrake

    bonebrake Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently added to two new chickens (1- EE, 1- Speckeled Sussex) to my existing flock (2 BR, 1 RIR, 1 Welssie). The older gals are about 10 months old. The new gals are 4 and 5 months old and get pushed around a bit by the older girls. So my question is - do you think the new girls will lay in the existing nest boxes? They seem to get bullied a bit and may not feel like it's their place to lay. Neither has shown any interest in the existing nest boxes that are in the coop. I don't want them getting into the habit of laying in the yard, so should I add another box that they can make their own?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many nest boxes do you have? Do your girls all lay in one box or have one each?
    I dont have a nest box - the girl lays in a corner of the coop, next to a golf ball, but then again only one of them is laying and they get on with each other superbly. I am hoping to "upgrade" soon though [​IMG].
     
  3. bonebrake

    bonebrake Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two nest boxes. The girls all seem to share the one on the left, but occasionally will drop one in the right box.
     
  4. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally I think the rule is one nest box per three chickens, but mabe you should add another one to be on the safe side?
    And mabe put a golf ball in it to encourage them to lay there.
     
  5. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More than likley the older girls will take over the new nest box if you add one. I just put 7 more hens in with my older hens and they also get picked on every once and a while. Just the nature of things. I have 14 hens in the coop with 5 nest boxes and all eggs are laid in the first 2 boxes. I have tried to entise the girls into laying in in all boxes and they won't have it. Seems when they see one egg in the box they want to join in on the party.
     
  6. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told by my husband grandfather that used to keep around 50-80 chickens that about 5-6 chickens per nesting box. My husband grandmother aslo said the same. Two very old timers who lived durring the depression know a thing or two about farm animals.
    I use 12 boxes for my 28 layers and they only use about half. Two have the most eggs every day. I would not worry about adding another box.
     
  7. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have never tried to integrate youngsters in to my flock. They are all same age. You are right to be concerned because they are very close to laying age now at 5 months. Try a nest box on the floor, maybe covered overhead. A box or carton should make a quick and cheap one. [​IMG]
     

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