Nesting Boxes

Discussion in 'Broody Hens & Egg Laying' started by Jenny Erickson, Aug 24, 2020.

  1. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    I don't really see any difference. That said, egg color can vary from one girl to another even within the same breed. I saw that with my Silkies.
     
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  2. Poultry Judge

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    And contemplate the Zen Hen koan, "A chicken is an egg's attempt to make the next egg".
     

  3. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    OK, it's too early for me to work that one out. Or maybe I'm not supposed to?
     
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  4. Poultry Judge

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    It's like a riddle. If anyone figures it out, they will experience Chicken Sartori or Enlightenment and be at one with the Chicken Universe!
     
  5. robin416

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    Man, that's too deep for me. I think I'll leave it alone or I just might drive myself a little more batty. :p
     
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  6. danathome

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    Another, what came 1st...

    An egg develops, grows, and becomes a... chicken, who lays the "next" egg.

    I really need to get a life. THIS is my excuse for not doing chores I do not want to do.

    As to nesting boxes, I give a variety, different sizes, different shapes, at different heights, and put up a new one often to give the rooster something to check out and call the hens to. Often, that new nest has an egg laid in it the very first day. I like the tote idea as it would be easy to keep clean. Here are some things I have used as nest boxes; old tires, dog/cat crates, pails, flower pots, milk crates, soup and salad bowls, dog dishes, cardboard boxes, wooden boxes, diaper pails,... and plastic totes. The plastic totes/tubs work great for bigger birds like my turkeys who often make their nests out in the woodlot. Once I find their nest I put it in a plastic tub on location. Then when the hen goes broody, I pick her up and move her to a safe place to hatch her eggs. One year in the midst of winter the safe location was the whirl pool tub. Of her 18 eggs, every one hatched.


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  7. robin416

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    The girls really are not picky, most of the time if it holds an egg it's a nest.

    I know all about finding excuses for not doing chores. That's exactly what I'm doing right now.
     
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  8. danathome

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    The girls really are not picky, most of the time if it holds an egg it's a nest.
    I always have a number of hens brooding at the same time. By having nest containers that don't look alike it avoids the possibility of the hen getting on the wrong nest.
    I know all about finding excuses for not doing chores. That's exactly what I'm doing right now.

    This pair decided to nest when they were house guests for a while.

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  9. danathome

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    Successfully.
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  10. robin416

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    No doubt about it, those little guys are adorable.
     
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  11. Poultry Judge

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    The egg is the perfect little space vehicle in the universe. It's sole mission is to do whatever is necessary to perpetuate the next egg.
     
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  12. robin416

    robin416 Administrator Staff Member

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    Sometimes you make my head hurt.
     
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