Maximum number of Eggs from ONE nesting box in ONE day.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CackleFan, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. CackleFan

    CackleFan In the Brooder

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    I have 18 laying hens and 4 nesting boxes for them. Somehow, they created a fifth nesting box under the horse I put in the pen for them. Yesterday when I got home after work, I found 9 eggs from their faviraite nesting box, the one under the horse, and 4 eggs (one each from two nesting boxes and two from one nesting box). I am amazed how they can make their schedule to lay 9 eggs in one nesting box. All 9 eggs are very close to each other, but not on top of each other. I love my girls (11 BR, 5 BSL, and 2 butter cup)! [​IMG]
     
  2. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Chickens seem to love to use the same box. Sometimes more than one will pile in and lay at the same time. [​IMG]
     
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    I have three particular hens, one Ameracauna, one buff orp, and one NH Red who routinely squeeze in together to lay at the same time, and chat like ladies at a quilting bee. It's especially silly because the Orp is like a giant SUV in size, and can barely fit in the box herself! How they arrange themselves to share it I don't know.

    I lived in a triple in college where one girl had to get off the floor and up on the bunk bed to make enough room to open another's dresser.
     
  4. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    the 'horse', is it a sawhorse? they may feel safe under it, like it's protection.
     
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊ 10 Years

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    well we have 2 hens and 4 pullets(4 Red Stars share a coop and 2 Buff Orpingtons share another coop) And we usually get 6 eggs(sometimes 5) a day. All 4 Red tars(2 pullets and the 2 hens) seem to like using a certain nest box; the one that has the most light in it. We usually get 4 eggs in that box. With the buffs, we have 2 nest boxes for them. They just choose either nest box. sometimes they share, sometimes they don't.
    The most eggs we got one day was 8! 8 eggs from 6 hens/pullets! LOL [​IMG]
     
  6. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Songster

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    16!!!!!
     
  7. kbarrett

    kbarrett Songster

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    I got 11 eggs the other day. 9 in one box 2 in another which left 2 empty nest boxes.
     
  8. hottexaschick

    hottexaschick In the Brooder

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    From our 15 girls we get about a dozen a day. I normaly find 1 egg in each of the first three nest boxes and 9 in the last box [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2009
  9. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    I have 13 chickens and only 9 are hens. They have 10 nesting boxes, all identical. They lay 9 eggs in two nests with 6 usually in one. Crazy!
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

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    I have 18 girls and 6 nest boxes. I find they do prefer certain next boxes and sometimes more than one bird in a nest box.
     

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