Popular nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by luvmyhens, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. luvmyhens

    luvmyhens In the Brooder

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    I have 3 hens and they all want to lay their eggs in the same nesting box, at the same time. Every morning, my 3 hens fight over the same nesting box. They holler and squack, and kick each other out. Why, we have 3 nesting boxes one for each of them, but they all seem to want to lay just in 1 box. What can I do to get them to lay in one of the other boxes? And does anybody else have this problem?[​IMG]
     

  2. SpeckledPullet

    SpeckledPullet Songster

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    Yes, mine are the same way. I don't think much can be done. Just let them fight it out. In the end, they'll all get their turn.
     
  3. kantard

    kantard Hatching

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    We face the same thing. We have about 15 nesting boxes and there are about 5 that are most frequently used.
     
  4. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

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    This sort of thing is why there is the term "pecking order". They will sort it out among themselves.

    I updated my chicken coop to add a nest box. They stopped laying in the old box and now exclusively lay in the new box. They still use the old box as a sort of "waiting room".
     
  5. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    yep- they find a favorite and nothing will change their mind- we redid our coop, enough room for everyone- 8 boxes, but they all like one particular one... here is a pic of them waiting on the old box,
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    they have a favorite blue box now, and that is the only place to lay in their minds
     

  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Yup, mine line up like airplanes on a runway. We have 8 laying boxes and only 3 are used. We have one extra-large box that once we saw three hens in at the same time.
     
  7. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

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    lol mines favorite spot is a nest behind a board leaned up against the wall. 1 uses the actual nesting box lol
     
  8. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

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    Mine would fight til they were bloody - then I put up a 6 hole nesting box, complete with ledge and took the old one down
    Key words - "Took the old one down"
    hahaha
     
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    Quote:I have 2 nest boxes for 7 laying hens in the one coop and they all invariably use the same one, sometimes two at a time. But they all seem to get along [​IMG]
     

  10. knjinnm

    knjinnm Songster

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