Question : How many chickens can fit into a nest box?
Answer : obviously 3
Today when I went to collect eggs, I found three of the girls crowded into one nest box. The funny thing is that they are using a box that most of the hens have been shunning these past few weeks. But today it's the hottest piece of real estate around. Reaching under these hens I pulled out 14 eggs!
Right next door is the nest box that had been the hot item for the past several weeks. Today it held zero eggs. Not even one. Go figure.
Don't ask me why. I can understand the concept of a community nest. But why the medical chairs every couple weeks? If they were actually brooding fertile eggs, then they'd never hatch because the hens switch nests before the incubation period is up.
While hens are smart in their own way, at times they aren't too clever.