All my chickens like one nesting box

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by karibare, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. karibare

    karibare In the Brooder

    May 12, 2013
    Anchorage, AK
    We currently have 11 hens, 8 of which we know are laying. We have five boxes for the gals to lay in but we always seem to go in and find six eggs in one box and an egg or two in a different box. We have used the fake eggs but it doesn't get the gals to lay in the other boxes. Any ideas how to fix this?

  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I don't bother trying to fix it. I just let 'em lay where they're going to lay. They're quirky creatures.
  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    and then for some unknown reason.....they will change boxes.... it is nothing to be concerned with.
  4. Chicken Happy

    Chicken Happy Chirping

    Oct 6, 2012
    North Idaho
    Have 10 boxes and they will only use one, but a different one each day. I guess it seems logical in their minds - I gave up trying to figure out why.
  5. My hens all lay in one box, it doesn't matter. If a hen gets desperate enough she'll probably go into another box.

    I have 2 roosters together in a coop separate from the other chickens, and this coop came with nesting boxes, and the 2 boys sleep in them. It came w/ 3 boxes but they sleep together in one! Lol!

  6. Oh yes I have chickens ducks geese and genies and I have all of them
    do this it is normal just let it be as you will notice in time if you watch them
    at times there will be even two or three in the laying box at the same time
    and another will be waiting even with laying boxes open for service all
    the birds do this nothing is wrong and you do not want to mess up the
    laying cycle ........

  7. Oh yes I have had roosters who just would not roost on a stick for the night
    it seems chickens are like people, had a Rooster who spent the nights on
    top of my truck and others who would always roost on a flat surface of any
    kind it is nothing out of the ordinary and surely nothing to worry about .....


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