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Nesting Box Makeover

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Totally new chicken owner here so I have never seen the egg laying process.  3 golden and 2 silver Wyandottes.  No eggs yet to my knowledge but they were born on 5/5/15 so thinking we should have some soon.  Hubby revamped the nesting box today to keep shavings in and allow privacy... but I am not sure they will actually use them.  Wondering if anyone can give feedback on whether this looks like something a chicken will actually use (size of hole, getting into it, location to water feeder, etc.) Thanks so much for any advice!

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Usually there is a roost attached to the front so they can get in and out easily.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I would either lower them 6", or raise the roosts 6" ... This will discourage them from sleeping (and pooping!) in the nest boxes ...

And yes, if they have a roost or landing bar in front of the box entrance, it will be easier for them to enter, but they can stand there to check out the box, without commiting to going inside.
Edited by 123RedBeard - 10/3/15 at 5:57pm
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Keep your eyes on the road ... And, your head out of your apps!
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