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 Hatching

    Apr 28, 2013
    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 Songster

    Oct 18, 2012
    East Texas
    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. 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.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013
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