Do I have to have nesting boxes for my new hens to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1maria100, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. 1maria100

    1maria100 Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently got two Rhode Island Red laying hens. I don't have any nesting boxes in my coop, and the lady I bought them from had nesting boxes and they laid a egg a day each. Below is my coop.

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  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    They will feel more secure with a set nesting box. Plus, it will keep down on the poopy eggs.
     
  3. Lindz

    Lindz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would build one for them. They like to lay where its nice and dark. At least mine do. I got 5 nesting boxes for ours and they always lay in the one that is the darkest.
     

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