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Community Nest Use

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MayberrySaint, May 4, 2007.

  1. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Does anyone have experience using a community nest rather than individual nests for laying hens? I read about using one on an alternative ag site. Seems to make sense...essentially a big box with a top filled with straw. Stays pretty dark because of only one opening into the box. I'll see if I can find the link and post it later.

    Andy
     
  2. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    cookinmom Songster

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    That's a pretty cool website. I bet that community nest would work well; I've heard they often like to all lay in the 'favorite' nest box anyway.
     
  4. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    My chickens always have slept in the same nest and layed eggs in a different nest, but both were communal. My chicken tractor now only has one nest for 4 banties, no problems.
     
  5. Picco

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    All my hens lay in the same nest and sometimes there will be a few in it at the same time. I think the idea would be worth the try.
     
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing Premium Member

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    25 hens in one coop and you know how many nest boxes they lay in?


    ONE! They have 12 available to them.

    So I don't see an issue with the community box theory.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2007

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