Nest box crowding...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by my first peepers, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. my first peepers

    my first peepers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    South Western VT
    Despite what I've been told one nest box has turned out not to be enough for my 5 girls. So I added a second, same size, same straw, same wooden egg. They won't go near it. My SLW spent 1/2 hour squaking at one of my EEs because she took her spot! What will it take to get them in the new nest box?
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    You can try placing a fake egg or gold ball in the extra box but you will find that for whatever reason they pick one or two nests and stick with it. I have 8 nest boxes and they have two they prefer to lay in and I have 28 hens, so you can imagine what it is like in my coop.
    I have actually had hens lay their egg on the perches in front of their favorite nest holes. I have the Kuhl brand of nest boxes and they have the perches that are several plactic "bars" in front of the holes and a egg rest nicely in the spaces of the "bars".
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Yep, they all seem to want to lay in the same few boxes. I've noticed, though, that the favorite boxes change depending on the time of year. Interesting.

    I've even seen one of my girls stand on TOP of another in the nest box and lay her egg while standing on top of her friend! Yep, cracked when it rolled to the floor. Sigh...
  4. RHewitt

    RHewitt Chillin' With My Peeps

    You may try putting really fresh bedding hay in the new box as an enticement to move to another spot. Good luck.
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    We have 8 nesting boxes and they favor two! So when someone lays an egg I put it in another nesting box and soon it is occupied. I also use golf balls. I don't let that egg stay there long, though. [​IMG]
  6. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    Mine have plenty of open boxes, but the araucanas tend to stay away from the boxes... They have laid eggs on the floor, or in the woods in some brambles. But never in the boxes. The RIR and white leghorns and bantams love the boxes, occasionally they will use the brambles as well.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009

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