Hello. My girls are 4 weeks old today. I will be putting out in the coop with attached run at 6wks old. I have a Quaker style coop 5x6. Has roosts, seperate area to clean out underneath that you can access from the back and an area that has 6 nesting boxes. Basically a wood frame that seperates each box that can be removed. So, my question is...should I remove the nest boxes frame until they are old enough to lay. I just don't want them to learn to sleep in the nest boxes. I figure if they learn this early they may not lay in the nest boxes later on. I want to try and train them to use the roosts to sleep. If i remove the nest boxes frame I still have that area where they can hide or sleep but no nest boxes. Just empty floor space. Should I just block that whole area off with some wood paneling or should i leave it open to them for right now while they are young. Then replace the nest box frame back in when they get close to laying age? I just don't want to give them bad habits now and have to fix it when they get older, lol. Any feedback would be of great help.
Nesting boxes frame on right side of pic, bottom. opposite the roosts.
Outside where the nest boxes jut out from the main floor