Sharing a nest


12 Years
Apr 13, 2011
Fox Valley, IL
My Coop
My Coop
We have two hens; big momma is perhaps a year old, little momma is 8 months old. In the coop we set up four nesting boxes with a plastic egg in each one, but they always use the same nest to lay.

A couple times we've rearranged things, and they switched nest, but still shared the same one. We've moved the plastic eggs out of their nest of choice, so they see more options in the other nests, but that didn't do anything. They don't lay at the same time, so I haven't seen two of them in there at once. Is little momma just following the lessons that big momma teaches her?

Is this common?
I have three hens who lay together (on the dog's bed!) and currently the middle one of this trio is broody.
I have 4 hens that have been religiously setting on one nest.... they should hatch soon, I wonder who will claim the babies.

I also have a chochin whos gone broody on the floor in the doorway without any eggs... and every time I toss her out she comes right back in.

Love those chooks.

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