Why did I even build 6 nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DianaMallory, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just recently put the nesting boxes on the outside of the coop. I was a little upset that I was going to lose 2 boxes. I had 8 for 11 golden comets. I now have 6 nesting boxes. This morning I went to gather my eggs. I peeked through the window to make sure nobody was on the nest. I forgot to mention I was a little late gathering my eggs. So the girls should have been done by now. I opened the lid to the boxes and in one nest I find 8 eggs and one of my hens acting like she was looking for a place to sit down! She got out of the nest I gathered the eggs. 2 in one nest and 8 in the other. I gave my hen about 45 minutes and went out and got 1 more egg out of the nest that had 8 in it. I can't figure it out. Why are they using the same box? Most of the time I find up to 5 in one box but this is the first time I have found 9 in the same box! [​IMG] At least they aren't hiding them from me anymore!
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Most people recommend 1 box for every 4 hens. In my experience though, they do tend to prefer one nest and will all queue up to use that one nest. The reason is pretty simple, if you think like a chicken. Egg-laying is part of the reproductive process - i.e., each egg is a potential future offspring. In order for that offspring to have the best chance possible, it should be laid in a place safe enough that it can last for 21 days of incubation. A nest that already contains some eggs has clearly already been determined to be a good nesting site, and therefore, each hen now wants to lay her egg in "the safe place".
     
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  3. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well that makes perfect since! Thank you! I read somewhere that it was 1 box per 2/3 hens. I have 5 more that are 7 weeks old. So I am sure the rest of the boxes will get some use. If not I am going to have to build the front higher to keep them all from falling out! lol! JK! But thank you again!
     

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