hens in 1 box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ravenking, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. ravenking

    ravenking In the Brooder

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    so i got 3 hens and they all laying in 1 box how do i get em to use different boxes
     

  2. Nyfarmer30802

    Nyfarmer30802 In the Brooder

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    chickens will generally go to the box they want is it for laying eggs? or for nesting?
     
  3. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Songster

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    you could try putting their names on the boxes[​IMG]
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    That's what they do. If a bird lays an egg in a particular box, the others will see that egg, and their little bird brain thinks, "Sadie Sue laid her egg there, so it must be a good safe place to lay an egg." I've had 3 or more birds fighting over one box, one on the bottom, one or more desperately trying to crawl under her, and an other one standing on top of her, simply because the other 6 nest boxes aren't as good as "THAT ONE".
     
  5. Nyfarmer30802

    Nyfarmer30802 In the Brooder

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    Yeah I ahve had a few all going for one box... chickens will go where everybody else goes they follow the crowd.
     

  6. BobDBirdDog

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    Seriously! Just as a test, you could try putting some of the eggs in the other boxes.

    then put their names on the box...he he he
     
  7. ravenking

    ravenking In the Brooder

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    its for laying eggs but they fight over the box and break eggs i heard somerhing about golf balls in nest would that work
     
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Yes, try putting golf balls, (2 - 3) in each of the unfavored nests.
     

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