All Eggs in one box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Carebear5, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Carebear5

    Carebear5 Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls use to lay in about half the boxes in their coop. Now, they all lay in one box ONLY. I have 7 chickens laying with 5 boxes to choose from. I collect 7 eggs a day from the same box. Convenient for me, but is there anything wrong with this? I thought about closing off that box and seeing what they'd do. Anyone think it would make some girls mad and not lay?
     
  2. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine aren't laying yet, but everything I've read here says they often have a favorite box they all go to and if denied, they just lay them anyplace, not necessarily in another nest box. And, this should bump you so maybe somebody with more experience will answer.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Chickens naturally want to lay where others have laid. Some of mine have particular nestboxes they like and the others will follow. If one box is occupied, they will lay in another one or wait.
     
  4. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try putting some fake eggs in the other boxes, maybe that will encourage it. I really don't think it matters though, if they wanted to lay in the other boxes they would. [​IMG]
     
  5. sunnysongbird

    sunnysongbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use golfballs by putting two golfballs in each nest. I read it works very well [​IMG] my chickens aren't old enough to lay, but I've heard many many use this trick
     

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