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post #11 of 14

Probably the older birds are not allowing them to roost.

 

Add an extra roost at just a slightly lower level for the pullets.

 

I also added hinges to the angled board on top of the nests(to keep them from roosting there) that I put down over the openings near dusk,

had to add a piece of angled cardboard to top of nests,

then flip back after dark when I lock the pop doors.

That works great!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #12 of 14

I have the sleeping/bathroom issue as well (I've got 2 ladies)

I've got a small coop from cconly.com.  It's basically a 9-10 sq foot coop.

I bought it used (and cleaned it thoroughly).

The nest boxes and roost bars are pretty much the same height. so I made a higher roost bar in the coop so it is higher than the nest box entrance.  It didn't help.  Now I block off the nest boxes, but as winter approaches, I am loathe to have to do that extra outdoor duty every morning.  I am hoping that this method will eventually train them, but I'm not sure if this is really possible with chickens?   Any other thoughts on this scenario?  I can't make the roosts an higher.  should i basically modify my coop so it's just a roost area and make a separate nest box?

 

Thanks a bunch folks!

post #13 of 14
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I have the sleeping/bathroom issue as well (I've got 2 ladies)

I've got a small coop from cconly.com.  It's basically a 9-10 sq foot coop.

I bought it used (and cleaned it thoroughly).

The nest boxes and roost bars are pretty much the same height. so I made a higher roost bar in the coop so it is higher than the nest box entrance.  It didn't help.  Now I block off the nest boxes, but as winter approaches, I am loathe to have to do that extra outdoor duty every morning.  I am hoping that this method will eventually train them, but I'm not sure if this is really possible with chickens?   Any other thoughts on this scenario?  I can't make the roosts an higher.  should i basically modify my coop so it's just a roost area and make a separate nest box?

 

Thanks a bunch folks!

Answered here... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1017851/hens-keep-pooping-in-nest-boxes/20#post_15989384

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #14 of 14

I let my really old hens sleep in there sometimes cause I feel bad for them or if they are molting (and not laying eggs) I will let them sleep in there. Other than that I keep them out. Here's a video I just made showing how I fixed my nest boxes if anyone is interested. Hope this may be helpful to someone.

 

 

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