Originally Posted by Robin12
Ok great thanks, I may try letting my one layer out earlier and see what happens. Just wondering too why did you block off the nesting boxes before they were ready to lay? Is there a reason other than the poop issue that you don't want them sleeping in the nesting boxes? Reason I ask is I have the one 6 month old who just started laying and 2 younger pullets in the same coop. The younger ones like to sleep in the nest box sometimes. I just clean it out in the morning early before the other one is ready to lay. Its a plastic tub with a lid and has a hole cut in the side, so not to big deal to clean. I don't know what else to do besides divide the coop until the others start to lay which I will do if there is another reason they should not be sleeping in there. If they sleep in the nesting boxes will they not want to lay in them?
The younger birds may be sleeping in the nests because the older birds will not allow them on the roost.
I put up separate roosts for younger birds to avoid this problem, also block the nests in late afternoon then unblock when I lock up after dark.
Not sure what the best solution would be for you unless I know what your coop and roosts look like and how many birds you have and when you got them all, same goes for nests.