Hens fighting over 1 nesting box.

katrinag

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11 Years
Jul 13, 2008
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I have 11 hens 5 which are laying. The rest will be laying any day. I have 5 nesting boxes and they all want to lay in 1.

Now here comes my problem 3 of them lay at about the same time. 2 take a little time to lay. They are beating each other up over the box. Sometimes it gets bloody with the pecking.

How can I encourge the others to use a different box. I have tried the golf ball trick, plastic eggs etc....

I am scared that when the others lay that they will also want to use the same box.
 

ScoobyRoo

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11 Years
Aug 21, 2008
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Land of OZ
I had the same problem with 7 hens wanting to use the same corner! I had 14 more hens that would be laying soon. Not knowing what to do, I left them alone hoping they would sort it out among themselves. I was lucky that they weren't mean to each other. They just waited til one was done. Finally, when the younger hens started laying (this was funny) I literally had hens lined up on the plank to go into the coop to lay in the same darn corner. You talk about bwauking!! It lasted for hours! Finally some of the hens could wait no longer and used another corner. So far they are working around each others schedule. lol
 

Featherland

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12 Years
Dec 28, 2007
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Missouri
Sometimes I pick them up talk soothingly and place them in a different box. Sometimes it works and sometimes they don't want anything to do with it.
 

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