What are nest boxes actually for?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Wyandotte34, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Wyandotte34

    Wyandotte34 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2010
    I was just wondering if they are merely for the convenience of the person, or do they serve some other purpose? Mine seem content to lay on the floor. I even put some eggs in the boxes to maybe get them started but they kicked them out and started to lay on the floor again.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Supposedly they encourage them to lay indoors, in one place, so you don't have to hunt for eggs. And of course, protect the eggs, to some extent. Supposedly.

    I wouldn't give up yet; they aren't really mature for some months, even a year, after the first egg.

    Mine are well over a year, some over two, and they mostly lay in the nests -- but I also find the odd egg on the floor, under the roost, etc.
  3. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

    Aug 5, 2008
    Quote:X 2
  4. Wyandotte34

    Wyandotte34 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2010
    Ah, yes well that does make sense then. Mine just started to lay.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Pullets and hens WILL eventually make nests in which to lay their eggs, whether they sit on them or not. Young pullets haven't quite got it all together, yet. More mature layers hollow out nest depressions in the coop bedding, or outside wherever they decide they'd like to lay eggs.

    So, we provide the nest boxes to have a regular place to gather eggs (our convenience), to give the hens privacy and security whilst laying, and to protect the eggs from foot traffic - all those chicken feet running around, hopping down off roosts, and suchlike.
  6. saxet

    saxet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2010
    [​IMG] That makes sense, and I think it even applies to ducks. Mine would lay in the pond, for crying out loud, the first year. Whereever they got the urge. It progressed to nice nests, though they did like to play musical nests on me. [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by