Laying hens need nestboxes to allow them a quiet, safe, and comfortable place to lay their eggs. Hens tend to prefer the following qualities in a nestbox:
- An enclosed nesting site rather than one that is openProvide a peckable strip of artificial grass attached above the nest rear (Reed et al., 1992)
- Privacy: Install a solid partition to separate nests from one another, and or curtains.
- Nesting Material: Hens prefer peat and artificial turf to coated wire mesh for egg laying (Struelens et al., 2005), litter nests over pre-molded nests, and wheat straw and oat husk were preferred to perforated plastic, synthetic grass and wire mesh (Huber et al., 1985).