Do I need another nesting box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jennmro, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Jennmro

    Jennmro New Egg

    Oct 26, 2011
    I've got four, 28 week old chickens. Two of them have started laying and for the most part, they lay in the nesting box. Occasionally I'll come out in the morning to find that one of them has laid an egg while roosting and that it has broken after landing on the bottom of the coop. I realize this is not abnormal, but am wondering if this is due more to "new egg layer" behavior, or if I need another nesting box. (I've got one roomy box for the 4 girls, two of which are not yet laying).
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I wouldn't. They would most likely not use it anyway. Roost laid eggs are likely a mistake and would happen anyway, as well.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Agreed. One is enough for four unless one or more go broody. For that reason I have multiple nests. One flock of 11 had 3 nests and they only used 2 but 3 went broody and the rest had nowhere to lay.
  4. Jennmro

    Jennmro New Egg

    Oct 26, 2011
    Thanks Judy, that helps. I'll be patient and wait it out in the hopes that they get better at the nest laying with practice.
  5. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    1 is plenty except when they go broody like the other poster said. I have 21 not and 4 boxes.
  6. Jennmro

    Jennmro New Egg

    Oct 26, 2011
    Thanks ChickenCan - I plan to upgrade to a larger coop next year (and get two more girls) and will add a few more nesting boxes just in case of broodiness. I'm so grateful for everyone's help. This is my first post (and my first flock) and am SO pleased with all the help.
  7. Sleepy71

    Sleepy71 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Interesting. I just got 3 laying hens and I wasn't sure how many nesting boxes I needed to have. When building my coop this weekend, I started with 4 boxes, but it's good to know that the hens will likely use the same box. I placed golf balls in them yesterday, just to show them where eggs can go. Hopefully they'll figure it out. [​IMG] Glad to know that I have enough boxes to easily add more hens. Gotta build that run, first, though.
  8. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 20 some nesting boxes (converted old wooden garage shelving). My 20 girls use a total of 3 of the boxes! I have even seen 3 hens stuffed into the FAVORITE box together- reminds me of a clown car! And my blind hen will sometimes lay right on the floor right in the middle of the coop. Or I find them in my hosta... or by the door... or under the canoe... or in the burn pit. Had I known then what I did not know then-- I would not have put so much work into my elaborate nesting box set up!! I have no control, here. [​IMG]
  9. cindylo

    cindylo Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 2, 2011
    Idaho Falls, ID
    I had to put in my two cents worth when I saw this topic! My gals (6 - four of whom are laying) ALL insist on using the same nesting box. They have four to choose from (total) making two in each "habitat" or coop. The 3 RIR's sleep in one and the 3 games sleep in the other one. But everyone seems to like just the one nesting box!
  10. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I have four nest for 7 hens. They have used all four but there are two that seem to be the favorite ones.

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