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Do I need more laying boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chick1043, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    I have two hens that fight over one of the laying boxes in the hen house. There are four laying boxes, but I was told to add more. Is that a way to keep them less noisy? Thanks.
     
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you add more, they will probably still fight over the same one. 4 boxes should be enough for 16+ chickens.
     
  3. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Really? 16 hens! wow
     
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    yeah I think it is 1 nest box for six to ten hens, I have eight holer and they fight over the same spots, silly chckens! LOL
     
  5. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 21 laying hens and 8 nesting boxes. Which ever box gets and egg in it first becomes the favorite box for the day.
     
  6. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 chickens and 1 box. I've heard the ratio is 1 box for every 4-6 hens.

    You could have 20 boxes and they will use 2 of them!
     
  7. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 8 hens that are laying right now.
    We have 3 boxes...yesterday I saw 3 hens trying to all sit in one box at the same time [​IMG]
    They will do what they will do.
    I love my peeps but they are crazy birds!! LOL
     
  8. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Do the hens all lay at different times?
     
  9. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some days, all eggs by noon. Some days can be as late as 6 pm. If one is in the box and another wants to lay, they a) wait patiently for their turn or b) pop the egg out in the coop or run or c) rudely climb on top of the other hen and lay away.
     
  10. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    haha That sounds about right! lol [​IMG]
     

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