Hens and the nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lady Watcher, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2016
    Okay, so yesterday I went outside and my black Australorp and 2 Rhode Island reds were all 3 in one nesting box. The black lady made her egg on the floor, as well as one of the RIR, and one egg was in the nesting box. Today I found one of my RIR eggs on the floor, cracked at the tip, and my Australorp was laying in the nesting box. So does anyone know what the problem is or what to do? I think they're all fighting over one box (those 3 hens).
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Join the club! All of us have hens who love to fight over one favorite nest box, no matter how many other boxes they have.

    Why is this? Part of it is because hens take their cue where to lay from an egg previously laid in a particular box. They are also nosy, and love to badger a hen who is already in the box, especially if she is lower ranking.

    Other than that, they do it because they're chickens and it seems like a good idea for everyone to want the same box, sometimes at the same time. Chicken rules. Don't ask.
  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2016
    Agree with the above.I put golf balls in each nesting box and it evens it out for them.
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Yep...it helps to place wooden eggs in each nest box so that they all want to nest where another "hen" has laid. Evens things out.
  5. Oneofthempeople

    Oneofthempeople Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2016
    I have 4 boxes, 1 for each hen and they all fight over 1 box every now and then they use a 2nd, but even watching them they all push to just get into that one box. I have put golf balls in all the boxes and they still all go for the one main box. As long as the eggs end up in they box I would call it good.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I use fake eggs/golf balls in all the nests, sometimes it 'spreads the love'...sometimes it doesn't.
    Have played around with golf balls and realistic looking fake eggs, more in one nest than others, none in some nests, again no finite results.
    Fickle chickens...I do believe that having the fake eggs is better than empty nests, much more bickering when no fake eggs are present.
  7. Lady Watcher

    Lady Watcher Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 18, 2016
    Thank you, everyone!

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