help chickens are laying in only 5 of the nesting boxes out of the 30

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by k9eagle, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. k9eagle

    k9eagle New Egg

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    hello All
    Need some help getting my chickens to use the rest of the nesting boxes they are only using 5 out of the 30 that i have i have cleaned them put wooden eggs in them, i think i have done all the common thing you can do. Is there any ideas out there that may help.

    I have 30 hen they were bought on march 11, 2013. The breeds that i have are Production reds, Aracauna. they just started laying the 17 july 2013.

    I am new to the chicken world needing help

    Thanks k9eagle
     
  2. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They like to lay where another hen has laid their egg. Mine will wait in line for a certain nest box. You only need one nest box per 4 hens.
     
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  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    You cannot fight instinct. They are clutch builders and flock creatures. 6 to 1, that is your ratio. You never did need 30 boxes. LOL
    It's normal. It's just the way it is.
     
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