One chicken in nest so the other used the run?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mnied01, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. mnied01

    mnied01 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2015
    Today was the first day that I've had two chickens lay. One of my Buffs went to lay her first egg in the nesting box and took a few hours. In the mean time my head hen who always lays wouldn't go in the box and instead laid her egg in the sand of their coop! There's plenty of room in the nesting area for both of them. Any thoughts?
  2. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    Well I always have nesting problems with hens. Sometimes they just like to lay on the floor but it would be best if you got her another nest. You can also put a golf ball or a egg in the nest to encourage her to lay in the nest.
  3. Jujubara

    Jujubara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2015
    Western Mass
    I think once your new layer gets better at it she won't take so long and they will work it out. Lol, a few of ours lay in a shipping box! And they'll fight over it. The others lay in their own spots. But the EE, SS, a silkie, and WL all lay in this box!

  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    She probably just didn't make it back to the nest box in time. New layers pace a lot. Sometimes they make it back to the nest, sometimes they don't.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    How many birds and how many nests? Usually 1 nest for every 3-4 birds is recommended but definitely not a hard and fast rule of thumb.
    Some fake eggs/golf balls in most the nests can help show them where to lay...tho I had one pullet that would not lay with the fake egg in there at first.

    Ditto Dat^^^^
  6. mnied01

    mnied01 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2015
    I have 5 chickens but only two lay. The one who laid in the sand is the one that's been laying for a while. The one that was in the box was the new layer and it's not so much a nesting box as it is a premade coop that's been made into nests.
  7. AuntNomi

    AuntNomi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2015
    Callahan, Florida!
    I have 8 laying hens in one of my coops with 5 nesting boxes, every single one of them use the same box. They will go 2 or 3 at a time sometimes, stand in line at other times. Sometimes someone gets bent out of shape and starts raising heck because the other is too slow. They are crazy. But I have never had one lay on the ground. I would think she just didn't make it in time or was tired of waiting on the other, being as she's been laying a while.

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