Too many chickens in a nest!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jrhodes, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. jrhodes

    jrhodes In the Brooder

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    I have 4 hens trying to sit in the same nest.
    There are 13 eggs in the nest. Should I just let them be or should I change something? The eggs should hatch in about a week.[​IMG]
     
  2. countrybum

    countrybum Songster

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    I would let them be, there is nothing wrong with sharing. [​IMG] Mine always share a nest, sometimes 2 sometimes 3.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My birds like to share nest too.
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  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    I'm thinking four is too many. Eggs will get smashed or neglected.
     
  5. countrybum

    countrybum Songster

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    I have to eventually get my nesting boxes boxed in, but here are my girls (some of them). Mahonri may have a point though, almost all of the ones they sit on get rotten and rarely hatch, but I can hatch almost all of the ones I put in the incubator.

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  6. Sequin

    Sequin Songster

    May 20, 2008
    It might depend on the size of the nestbox. But sometimes it is better to let nature take its own course. I think this is a situation where it is really up to you and what you feel is best for everyone involved.
     
  7. Eggie and Me

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    Quote:I'm sooooooooooo thrilled to find this thread. We have 4 RIR and 3 BR, they are 9 wks old and they all crowd into the same box every night. Should I just change their interior to a few really big boxes? ALSO they all seem to want just one particular corner? [​IMG] My concern is how in the world will they ever lay eggs all in one box? [​IMG] Or am I just a worry wort??[​IMG] THANKS in advance for your input.. [​IMG]
     
  8. NashChic

    NashChic Songster

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    Quote:I'm sooooooooooo thrilled to find this thread. We have 4 RIR and 3 BR, they are 9 wks old and they all crowd into the same box every night. Should I just change their interior to a few really big boxes? ALSO they all seem to want just one particular corner? [​IMG] My concern is how in the world will they ever lay eggs all in one box? [​IMG] Or am I just a worry wort??[​IMG] THANKS in advance for your input.. [​IMG]

    I might be totally wrong, but I thought you weren't supposed to let the young ones (not close to laying age) have access to the boxes in order to discourage sleeping in boxes that are for laying eggs in. We've removed the nest boxes from our coop until our girls get closer to starting to lay. They're about the same age (8-10 weeks) and they sleep on a roost bar. We're planning to put the nest boxes back in at 16 weeks and put fake eggs in them (for encouragement [​IMG] )

    I'd love to hear other thoughts on this subject...
     
  9. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Songster

    Dec 5, 2008
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    I agree with NashChic!!!

    You shouldn't allow young chickens to have access to nests until they are of laying age. You will have poopy nests!!!

    Your hens need to know that roosts are for sleeping and nests are for laying!! Don't confuse them! Block off the nests for the next couple of months so that they cannot get into them.

    Good Luck!!

    Cindy
     
  10. If your eggs are getting poop on them, I would restrict the nesting to one hen. In the past I have set up big tubs with hay and taken a few eggs from the nest along with a hen and this pretty much solves the problem.

    I set the tubs in the wire mesh stalls so the hens are safe at night.
    I also set chick waterers in the tubs, but no food. I have a few broody hens right now and a few have dirty nests. Usually I find these do not hatch out. A clean and thoughtful hen will keep her babies safe and sound.
     

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