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How can I stop my Chickens from pooping in their nest boxes?

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My new flock has just started laying eggs, and I'm so proud because they are laying them inside their next box, but its also where they do their business. Is there any way I can encourage them to not poop in their next boxes?
Thanks.

Owner of Three Easter Eggers and a Black Australorp, Salmon Faverolle, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Gold Laced Polish,  Speckled Sussex and Rhode Island Red.

 

Raising out of South Jersey.

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Owner of Three Easter Eggers and a Black Australorp, Salmon Faverolle, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Gold Laced Polish,  Speckled Sussex and Rhode Island Red.

 

Raising out of South Jersey.

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Do you think your chickens are fouling the nest box while they're laying an egg, or are they able to roost over the nest boxes at night? I can't think of a good solution to the former problem (other than changing bedding regularly), but the second problem could be avoided by changing the nest box design and/or moving roosts.

Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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Wonders if they have been roosting(sleeping) in the nests?

They poop a lot during the night and so should not be allowed to sleep in the nests.

Roosts should be about a foot higher than the nests because they like to roost as high as possible.

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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