Silly hens using only one box to lay every egg

FlowerFarmer

In the Brooder
8 Years
Mar 10, 2011
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My four free ranging chickens have all been laying inside the same box. There are four nesting boxes in the coop; one for each bird, yet they insist on using the same one. They will even wait OR pile in and use it together. It's really silly!

I was wondering if anyone else notices this behavior...

I've never found an egg anywhere else than in this specific box. There's plenty of room ladies. Four big boxes!
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These egg shells are very hard, but I wonder if they could be cracked when stepped on by a joining layer. Could lying on a few eggs while laying cause a hen to show broodiness? I've noticed my buff orpington taking quite a while in there lately
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(I know so many questions...)
ANY THOUGHTS?
THX
 

blueberrychickens

Songster
9 Years
May 12, 2010
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14
151
Hudson, MA
yup, very common, I have 8 hens & I'll often find all eggs laid for the day in one box. Once in a blue moon there will be a broken egg in the next box, just had one last week in fact, what a mess!!! I have seen them pig pile in one box too. Silly silly chickens!! Oh & I have 3 boxes for them to use.
 
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cat1994

Songster
9 Years
Sep 12, 2010
1,065
6
153
Southeast MO
Usually you really only need one nest box per four hens b/c they like to share, mine only lay in one box even though they have 4 boxes and I have 6 hens, as long as you make sure the eggs shells are strong and that you collect them as soon as possible they should not get broken that often. When a hen sees a nest box full of eggs it can cause the hen to go broody.
 

Bravo

Songster
10 Years
Aug 24, 2009
902
53
186
CA
Aren't they strange creatures?!? It cracks me up that there is only 1 super fabulous nesting box that is worthy of their egg deposit and they feel the need to wait in line to use it opposed to using the other, vacant ones LOL
 

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