Lots of fighting over nest!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pooponshoe, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. pooponshoe

    pooponshoe In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2007
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I have 2 nests and 3 hens that lay, but they fight over one nest. One if them stays in there longer than she should, she keeps hanging onto her egg and trying to hide it. Lots of racket, sometimes one of the others lays hers in there because she can't wait. How long before they try out the new nest, they don't seem to be too interested in it?
  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Try putting an egg in that nest that they are not using, it worked for me. Just make sure to mark it so you know which one it is.
  3. newbiecaroline

    newbiecaroline Songster

    Jan 21, 2008
    Hi, I have 6 hens and rooster. Three of the hens laid eggs and huddled over the same nest.
    Theres at least 15 nests to choose from but I guess this is common [​IMG]
    least we know our birds are 'normal' lol
    but they do looked squished in there!
    you made a new nest?
  4. @migocontodos

    @migocontodos In the Brooder

    Jan 11, 2007
    Commonwealth Of Virginia
    Put a golf ball or another egg (anything round) in the other nest and make it darker if possible.
    In fact, cover as much of the entrance as possible leaving just enough for the hens to enter.
    A dark nest is very attracting to a laying hen, especially if she believes another hen is laying there too.
    You have plenty of nest, they just have taking a very strong liking to the one.
  5. pooponshoe

    pooponshoe In the Brooder

    Nov 26, 2007
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Good news, the other nest had an egg in it last night when I got home from work. Thanks for your advice, I guess I was being impatient.

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