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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi this is our flock. All in one nesting box every night.

 

Pita Pinta - Abigail, Bella, Carmen July 5   3 mths 27 days
Sicilian Buttercup - Fiona Aug 15  2 mths 17 days
Cuccoo Maran - Dharma  Jul 28  3 mths 4 days
Golden Wyandotte - Eva Aug 4  2 mths 28 days 
 
Any suggestions to get them to start using all 3 nesting boxes?
 
There is a roost at the other end.

Thanks for any suggestions.

post #2 of 8

You DON'T want them using the nesting boxes.  My recommendation is to block those off until your girls are showing signs that eggs are imminent.  Nesting boxes are for laying eggs, and hatching eggs in, brooding chicks in.  The birds who no longer need mama heat need to learn to stay out of the boxes unless they are laying eggs!  I'd block those boxes off.  Do they have a perch??? at least 10 linear inches/bird, and far enough from the wall/ceiling that they don't touch it with beak/feathers.?  That's where they should be spending their nights.  Block the nests and they'll start roosting.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice. I will put up a new roost and block the nesting boxes. Thanks again.

post #4 of 8

You're welcome.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi I have added more roosts as you suggested and I covered the nesting boxes. I have attached a photo. The flock has been using the roosts about a month. The chickens range from 23 weeks to 17 weeks. When would you suggest opening up the nesting boxes. Thanks

 

post #6 of 8

I would open them again since they are using the roosts. If they go back into the nest box you can block them off again, i don't think at this point they would go back in.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks so much!

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Zinniah View Post
 

I would open them again since they are using the roosts. If they go back into the nest box you can block them off again, i don't think at this point they would go back in.

Ditto Dat^^^

 

BUT...watch closely by checking just after full dark for the first week or so to be sure they are not sleeping on nests,

break that habit again pronto if you see it by taking them out of nests and putting them back on the roost.

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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