Multiple hens using a nest box at the same time

zimileih

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Mar 28, 2021
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Why do hens pile into a single nest? I have 12 but these two in particular always try to lay in the box together. Since it's summer I worry since it's so hot. These two (another joins occasionally) have been like this for the last four days when laying.


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My chickens did that just yesterday. It's odd, yet normal behavior. I noticed that mine prefer to lay in a nest box that already has eggs in it. One of my hens got there first, then the other one literally tried to sit on her! My first hen was sort of "growling" at her. It was kind of funny, seeing them both squished in one box, I finally took the second one out and told her to "wait her turn.":)
 

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