nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ejstoner, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. ejstoner

    ejstoner Out Of The Brooder

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    when one of my hens decides to lay, all the others(3) of them, get inside the nest with the other hen. Usually only 2 others can fit, but sometimes eggs get broken. Does anyone else have this problem?
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Sounds like they are all laying on the same cycle. Can you provide a second nest? Also, what are you using for nest bedding?
     
  3. ejstoner

    ejstoner Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 nests, but the never use the other one. I have hay in the nests
     
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    same problem here. I guess they just like one particular nest for some reason and when they are ready to lay they don't want to wait. They are funny like that.
     
  5. ejstoner

    ejstoner Out Of The Brooder

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    It is sort of amusing to see 3 birds in one nest-- the only problem is that with all that moving around, and vying for space they crack or break the eggs
     
  6. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Broken eggs is not good huh? Well, I tried yesterday to pull this one hen out and leave the other one alone. I must have pulled her out of that nest 10 times and she would not go in the other nest. I finally held her a while but finally I said, well I can't hold ya anymore and she ran right back in that nest. I was lucky and no eggs were broken. Maybe it will pass. [​IMG]
     
  7. ejstoner

    ejstoner Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe they will get on a different laying schedule
     
  8. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    We have 6 hens and they all fight over one nest! When things get bad, we put eggs in the the other nest and sometimes they lay in both nests for a short time. Worth a shot trying!
     
  9. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    try making the other nest fluffier and more cozy....with shavings! [​IMG]
     
  10. ejstoner

    ejstoner Out Of The Brooder

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    It seems whatever nesting material I put in there, within a couple days, the scratch it all out. Are wood shavings better than hay?
     

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