why do they all want to lay in the same nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by angiew, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. angiew

    angiew Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2010
    I have 4 RIR's and in the morning they all line up and start their fussing waiting for their turn in the nest. I have 3 nests but they all lay in the same one. Whay is that?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Because in their itty bitty chicken brains it makes sense to them to lay in a nest that another hen has found suitable and safe. I have 4 nestboxes for 13 hens and the eggs are usually deposited in the nest that the first hen to lay that day put hers in. If someone just can't hold it any longer they will go to another nest, but much prefer the favored one.
  3. angiew

    angiew Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 4, 2010
    thanks for the reply- i guess i do have to remember they do have chicken brains.
  4. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    My girls often want to do the same thing. Except with 11 of them it gets a bit noisy and angry out in the coop sometimes. I discovered that if I put a plastic easter egg in each nest that they will use those nests as well as the perceived favorite nest.
  5. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    Quote:brilliant!!! i am going to try it tomorrow! my 25 girls get into quite the scuffles over their boxes (they have 20!). there will literally be a dozen in 1 box, and then none in others.
  6. squeakyballs

    squeakyballs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tucson, AZ
    A wise person here said that it was so they can compare their eggs.
  7. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    My girls use the same nesting box as well even though there are two that look the same!
  8. Jeremy Parker

    Jeremy Parker Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    Cool makes it easy to collect [​IMG]

    Wish my 20 hens all layed in one nest not on the floor behind the feed bin [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Mine have 20 nesting boxes and a golf ball in each nest.

    Some of them have actually playing with the golf balls on the floor of the coop. They push them around with thier beaks [​IMG]



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