All our chickies are using the same laying box

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Valleri22, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. Valleri22

    Valleri22 New Egg

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    This would now be our third family of hens and rooster (currently, six hens). We have a great; safe and healthy coup with six hen boxes that are clean and padded nicely. With that said, each family of hens, over the years, has ALWAYS used only one of the boxes oftentimes with squabbling from the other hens when one hen takes her time sitting in the box until she produces an egg. We have tried different ways of enticing the hens to use the other boxes, to no avail. Again, this happens with each family of hens. Anyone have any ideas why this happens and what I should do?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] It's just what they do. I've never been able to figure out why.
     
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  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems they like the presence of eggs so if you put some golf balls in each nesting box they will spread out a little more.
     
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  4. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had them favor one for weeks, and then all of sudden, pick another nest, and everyone uses that one for a while!
     
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  5. tinakevin

    tinakevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do the same thing. I have 10 hens and 6 nest boxes yet they all use the same one too lol. Chickens are so funny
     
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  6. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or not. (I've tried that. Sometimes it works.) [​IMG] I have a dozen nest boxes and often find two hens in the nest at the same time or sometimes even three. Or two in the box with one right outside squaking for them to get out so she can get in. Go figure.
     
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  7. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    [​IMG]Chickens are weird.

    'Nuff said.
     
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  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    LOL .. some of the responses gave me a chuckle [​IMG]

    I have 5 chickens and 3 nest boxes and they will queue to use the favourite.

    Picture a chicken in the next box and two chickens watching her with their legs crossed [​IMG]

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  9. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 4 birds (and 1 nest box) and finally saw 2 of them trying to lay at the same time. My nest box is rather roomy (14"x20", maybe 14x24) so the two of them were able to neatly lie side by side while laying.
     
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  10. Lynnski

    Lynnski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 3 nesting boxes are 12x12. Although we have 4 hens, we thought they might like their own rooms.
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    We closed one off for storage because they seemed to prefer one. Now, I often see 2 weirdo's in one cramped little box!
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    Welcome to BYC's Valleri - Sorry we dont have a solution for you, seems you are not alone though!

    p.s. @Teila - FUNNY!
     
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