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post #11 of 16
Good, I'm glad it's working. ya.gif

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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post #12 of 16
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Sometimes it just easier for you to change where you want them to sleep to where they are currently sleeping.

 

Nest boxes

In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.

Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

 

I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

 

Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

 


Edited by Hokum Coco - 6/17/16 at 9:05am

Hope this helps,

Check out this link an interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station in our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link an interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station in our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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post #13 of 16
I have four 9 week old chicks (hens I hope) and they have a ladder w/ rungs up to their two perches and two nest boxes. I have found poop in their nest boxes, quite a bit of it. Does this mean they're sleeping in them? I'm brand new to keeping chickens so any advice is appreciated. They only go up there at night when I've locked them in.
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Sometimes it just easier for you to change where you want them to sleep to where they are currently sleeping.

Unfortunately, their initial idea to use the nest box meant poo in the nest box ... The nest boxes in the big house have an opening to the outside, so they couldn't be moved.  Then they got relegated to the little house after they wouldn't accept the "new girls" so they didn't have room to decide to sleep anywhere else..... 

 

Anyway, they are now in their new house, seemed to have had a good night in there.  I woke up to find 2 eggs (completely poo-free, woohoo!) in the boxes I'd provided.

 

Their ramp is too slippery in between the "rungs", I need to apply the anti-slip tape to it and I made a mistake not putting bedding over the whole floor and they've pooed on the lino in front of the door, but those little jobs will be easily taken care of today.  New house=success so far.  I just hope they continue to use the roost and didn't just go up there last night because they were afraid in their unfamiliar new house. 

 

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 Nest boxes

In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³)

I'd seen your arrangement before in another thread.  I'm not sure, but I think the bags my feed comes in are a different fabric to the ones you have.  It seems quite firm and "plasticy", they don't seem to be very soft and pliable.  My other chickens who are in the big house don't sleep or poo in the nest boxes, so the pine shavings in there seem to be adequate.  

 

You've given me the idea to try reusing the feed bags as liners though, I'm going to hang onto them and give them a go.  Thanks.  

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 I have found poop in their nest boxes, quite a bit of it. Does this mean they're sleeping in them?

I suspect that they are sleeping there.  The poo in mine was only there when these girls were sleeping there.  There's no poo now that the other little girls are living in that house.  The poo accumulates where they are sleeping.

post #15 of 16
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I have four 9 week old chicks (hens I hope) and they have a ladder w/ rungs up to their two perches and two nest boxes. I have found poop in their nest boxes, quite a bit of it. Does this mean they're sleeping in them? I'm brand new to keeping chickens so any advice is appreciated. They only go up there at night when I've locked them in.
The roosts need to be noticeably higher than the nest boxes. If your chicks are not Lane yet you can easily just block off the nest boxes until they start laying eggs. Then put a fake egg in the nest boxes and they will know where to start Lane. I've heard a golf ball works also, but I like the fake eggs better.
post #16 of 16
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The roosts need to be noticeably higher than the nest boxes. If your chicks are not Lane yet you can easily just block off the nest boxes until they start laying eggs. Then put a fake egg in the nest boxes and they will know where to start Lane. I've heard a golf ball works also, but I like the fake eggs better.

Thank you. The perches are not higher than the nest boxes but for the time being I've blocked off the nest boxes. Thanks!
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