should each hen have her own nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrdruids, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. mrdruids

    mrdruids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011
    we have a big nest box (kind of a loft room) in our coop and that seemed fine for a while but now 2 of the girls are laying on the side of the house :hmm whats going on here?
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    How many hens are laying and is your "nest box" one big room? You really only need one box for about every four hens but they do like their "privacy" while laying.
  3. LottieDa

    LottieDa Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2011
    Boise, ID
    My girls like to have privacy when they're laying... I can't blame them. So our 9 hens are happy with three 12x12 nesting boxes. But I've been told it's totally fine to have up to 5 hens per box since they only use them when they're laying.
  4. mrdruids

    mrdruids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2011
    i only have 5 hens, 3 are laying and 2 will be soon. so i guess i shouldnt worry about the 2 that go on the side of the house? i just hope theyre not trying to hide their eggs from me

    oh and the loft box thing is about 3ftx3ft
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011
  5. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    You might try closing them in the coop so they will learn to lay inside, otherwise the outdoor laying could become a very hard to break habit. I have five hens and one nest box- I tried to add another but they wouldn't use it! This morning two of my girls were in the nest box at the same time, goofy things. My nest box is about 14"x14"x14".
  6. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    They may be laying outside b/c they don't feel comfortable laying in the nest box you have now, or maybe one hen is hogging the nest box and causing the others to have to find another place to lay. That is what was wrong with my hens, I had 4 nest boxes for 6 hens (so I had plenty) but one hen was chasing all the other hens away not letting them lay their eggs in the boxes, they couldn't wait any longer so they had to lay out side on the ground. I got even more nest boxes further away from the first 4 so that hen couldnÂ’t have all control over every nest box.

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