How much time in the nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EastBayChickens, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. EastBayChickens

    EastBayChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2008
    My girls have been laying since early Sept. and spend what I think is a LONG time in the nest box. I only have two hens, but it's like I need 2 nest boxes for them. They sit in there for hours. How much time does a hen generally spend in the nest box? Sometimes I have one in there for 2 hours and the other needs to "go" and stands out in front of the box and squawks at her. Is this normal? Do you make a second nest box?
  2. Kitchenella

    Kitchenella Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    Beitar Illit, Israel
    I only have one that is old enough to lay and she is getting faster. This AM she went in the coop and was out announcing the 'birth' withing 1/2 hour.
  3. polar chicks

    polar chicks Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 1, 2008
    northpole, alaska
    Mine are usually in the boxes for about an hour or an hour and a half.
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    My hens spend about an hour ,sometimes an hour and a half in the nest box. My hens seem to favor one of the nests and will stand out in front of it and squawk at the hen in it.A second nest box may work for you,but you won't know until you try it.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2008
  5. kelliepulido

    kelliepulido Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2008
    st.john's mi
    Mine spend all day in the box and the next day and the next.... I have more than 8 broody now..[​IMG]:(
  6. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2008
    Kingman, AZ
    Most of mine spend a long time, but I watched one who was waiting and pacing in front of the three occupied low nest boxes climb in on top of another hen, lay her egg immediatly, and get back out. She didn't want to hop up to the upper level, where there were three empty nest boxes.

    Since then I have moved the top row to another place, so all the nest boxes are low now. They can take as much time as they want.

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