Why, why, why? Update! Page 3!

The Sheriff

Crowing
10 Years
Jun 17, 2009
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Northern CA
We took out the divider between two nest boxes in our new silkie coop. Who needs four nest boxes for three silkies anyway? So what do they do? All cram into the same small one to go to sleep! Tomorrow I am going to close the small boxes with boards and see if they use the middle one. Once they get used to it I'll remove the boards. Don't they know they aren't done growing yet?

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Davaroo

Poultry Crank
12 Years
Feb 4, 2007
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Leesville, SC
Its a chicken thing. They all do it with open nests like you use.

If you curtain the fronts to darken them or use communal nests, crowding is less of a problem.
That, in turn, minimizes in-nest egg breakage, which goes a long way to keeping egg eating out of your flock.
 

nanawendy

Songster
10 Years
Dec 28, 2009
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Bellingham Wa
They are sooo cute. We changed our 3 nests into one communal. It's working great. No more broken eggs. But if your girls are just having a sleep-over that what's the harm!!!
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