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I introduced three new hens into the coop that are a little younger than my others. They all started pooping in the nesting boxes and making a mess. They are not ready to lay eggs yet so I have closed off the nesting boxes so they do not have access right now. The oldest girls are about 14 weeks now.  When should I open up the nesting boxes again. Any other suggestions for this? 

Luna, Hedwig, Lavender Brown, Nagini, Bellatrix, Narcissa, Lily, Cho, Molly - The Henwarts Clan

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As long as your roosts are higher than your nesting boxes, all your chickens should eventually prefer roosting at night to sleeping in the nesting boxes.  If the younger chicks are being pecked when they try roosting they might see the boxes as 'safer'. Once they are accepted into the flock they will probably roost.

Love, Linn B * * * Nesting with my perfect DH, Cee Cee (choc. lab), Belle (orange tabby), Rusty (fertilizer rabbit), 5 Australorp hens, 4 Lt. Brahma hens and The Count of Monte Cristo, (Monte) my roo. And new, this May nine girls -- a Cochin, a Cuckoo Maran, an Easter Egger, 2 Buckeyes, 3 black sex-link (but Brownie isn't black), and Nesco, my Roaster Oven hatchling. Sigh! Victim of Chicken Math!

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Love, Linn B * * * Nesting with my perfect DH, Cee Cee (choc. lab), Belle (orange tabby), Rusty (fertilizer rabbit), 5 Australorp hens, 4 Lt. Brahma hens and The Count of Monte Cristo, (Monte) my roo. And new, this May nine girls -- a Cochin, a Cuckoo Maran, an Easter Egger, 2 Buckeyes, 3 black sex-link (but Brownie isn't black), and Nesco, my Roaster Oven hatchling. Sigh! Victim of Chicken Math!

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I have the same issue. Just got some new pulleys and I they are the culprits of the poppy nest box. The way my roosts are, are parallel to the nest boxes. I'm trying to figure out a way to build they're roosts up higher... I believe this is the only solution??

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Unfortunately our roosts are the same height or lower than the nesting boxes. I guess I will have to keep them out for now and maybe they will get used to roosting to sleep. Some even lay down on the floor to sleep at night.

Luna, Hedwig, Lavender Brown, Nagini, Bellatrix, Narcissa, Lily, Cho, Molly - The Henwarts Clan

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Here is picture of our coop. Chickens are much bigger now and there is a run. We have double decker nesting boxes behind my little monkey.IMAG0071.jpg

Luna, Hedwig, Lavender Brown, Nagini, Bellatrix, Narcissa, Lily, Cho, Molly - The Henwarts Clan

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My henhouse has the roosting bars parallel to the nesting boxes too.  2 weeks ago I decided to close off the nesting boxes because of the sleeping and pooping that was taking place in them.   Now all 4 are sleeping on the roost bars.  Thinking of opening one nest box and see how they do...?  I think I'll put some pine bedding and a golf ball or 2 in the open box.........want to encourage my gals!  (March 21 and March 28............eggs soon I hope! lol!)  ~Beulah

1 RIR--- Addie

2 CuckooMaran's----Lucy and Ethel

4 Golden Comets...Daisy, Rose, Millie and Jerri

1 EE---Violet

 

IN ALL DIRECTIONS...

Looking Back----Praise Him

Looking Ahead----Trust Him

Looking Around---Serve Him

Looking Up-------Expect Him!

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1 RIR--- Addie

2 CuckooMaran's----Lucy and Ethel

4 Golden Comets...Daisy, Rose, Millie and Jerri

1 EE---Violet

 

IN ALL DIRECTIONS...

Looking Back----Praise Him

Looking Ahead----Trust Him

Looking Around---Serve Him

Looking Up-------Expect Him!

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Right now they are blocked off with cardboard and thumb tacks. Beulah, yours are about the same age as mine. I figure I won't get eggs until September. I have heard about the golf balls before but what is pine bedding? Is that wood chips? What about hay?


Edited by powellchicks - 7/4/12 at 5:51pm

Luna, Hedwig, Lavender Brown, Nagini, Bellatrix, Narcissa, Lily, Cho, Molly - The Henwarts Clan

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