Frequently Asked Questions
Chickens are remarkably clever beings, and usually adapt quickly to their new nests. However, your hens may have developed a strong bond with their existing nesting box, requiring additional support and assistance. Follow these temporary tips below to ensure a calming transition to your new nest box:
Get rid of the old nesting box.
Place the new nest box on the coop floor.
Make sure the nest box is in the darkest part of the coop.
Fill up the nest box with lots of straw or wood shavings.
Keep the red curtains open using either magnets or tape.
Close off the tray where eggs are usually collected so they gather up in the nest box.
Put either fake or real eggs in the nest box after closing off the tray.
Keep your hens inside the coop until they finish laying their eggs in the morning.
If you see a hen trying to lay in the wrong place, gently put her in the nest box and lift the roost bar until she is finished.
Add extra light in the darker spots of the coop because hens like to lay in shady areas.
If you find eggs in the wrong spot, move them to the nest box right away. We don't want the others seeing and copying bad habits!
Put the bedding from the old nest box into their new one for that familiar touch.
Block off any areas where eggs shouldn't be laid.
Remember, these tips are just temporary. Once your hens get the hang of laying eggs in the nest box, you can retire these tricks.
We recommend budgeting at least 30 minutes - 1 hour of your time to fully assemble your nest box👍
We recommend mounting your nest box roughly 30” off your coop floor.
Yes, you absolutely can double stack your nesting boxes. Many of our customers doing this without issue. However, for larger operation (1,000 hens or more) we’ve heard of flocks choosing to lay in either the top or lower nest box (which can create over-crowding in either the top or lower nest). But for smaller flocks you shouldn’t have any issues.
This chart shows what dimensions to cutout for rear rollout! Click here for chart!
All HenGear nest boxes are a "Community Design" meaning there are no divider walls (aka holes) that you see in other nest box brands. In divided nest, hens will often try to occupy nest holes that are already occupied with another hen, causing stressful overcrowding issues and forcing hens out to lay on the floor.
Thankfully in a Community Nest Box, there is enough room for multiple hens to lay their eggs stress-free at the same time👍
All HenGear nest boxes are considered a “Community Style”. Which means there are no dividers walls (aka holes) that you would usually see in traditional nests boxes (such as 2 hole, 4 hole, and 8 hole nest). Traditional divider walls are sadly outdated, because hens love to occupy nest holes that are already occupied with other hens. This can lead to hens overcrowding each other out of their individual nest holes. Overcrowding causes unnecessary stress and can even lead to injury to your chickens.
Thankfully a community style nest box, by simply eliminating the traditional divider walls, drastically reduces the chance of overcrowding occurring.
Making sure the hens are not sleeping in the nest box overnight by daily raising the red roost bar after collecting is a good way to make the nest pad clean. By doing this, you should only need to clean the nest pad about every 2 months.
Clean your nest pad by soaking it in a small tub of hot water with soap for one hour. Remove and water-spray clean before returning to your nest box.
Our HenGear nest pads if properly cleaned and taken care of should last several years and even come with a 42 month limited warranty. If your pad is starting to spilt please contact the manufacture to make a warranty claim.
Unfortunately, we do not make custom Nest Boxes. However, we would love to hear any suggestions on how we could improve our Nest Boxes! Email us at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, our Heat Mat does not support solar power at this time.
Yes, all Nest Boxes come with their own set of Predator Locks.
Now that we include predator locks with every nest box the magnet is no longer required. Therefore we no longer inlcude a magnet👍
All returns must be made within 30 days of order date. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. Buyer is responsible for the return shipping cost. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to authorize a return.
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Yes, we do!
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