Egg laying nesting

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Peterpam, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Peterpam

    Peterpam Just Hatched

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    Hi. I am a new at this. I have 8 hens and one rooster. I have 7 nesting baskets at the moment. The weird thing is the hens are all laying in the same basket. Is this normal? I am getting 6-7 eggs on a regular basis. Every once in awhile there will be one of two eggs in another basket, but they mostly all lay in the same basket. It cracks me up. I'm having so much fun.
     
  2. The Chicken Fan

    The Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls do the same thing. I have 9 and they only lay in different nesting boxes if their favorite one is already taken.
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, multiple hens laying in the same nesting box if perfectly normal. Hens like eggs collected in clusters so large numbers of them are ready to be sat on while they are all still viable.
     
  4. Peterpam

    Peterpam Just Hatched

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    Thank you Michael. Do you know Mike Baker in Kalispell?
     
  5. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I have 4 nesting boxes for the 8 girls in the main coop. They'll actually line up to wait for the "best" box instead of using one of the others. Don't ask me why one box is better than the others, even the "best" one changes from time to time. Silly birds!
     
  6. ffibyar

    ffibyar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 14 pullets laying in 4 nesting box's. They use all 4 daily, but often there will be one of the nest with 4 or 5 eggs.
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    No, I don't recall meeting anyone by that name.
     
  8. Peterpam

    Peterpam Just Hatched

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    Thank you all. I won't worry so much then.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    You're welcome.
     
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    That sounds just like my girls too. They all seem to like the same nest box! [​IMG]
     

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