12 week old hens sleeping in their nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shanejlll, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Shanejlll

    Shanejlll Just Hatched

    Jun 10, 2012
    My 12 week old hens are sleeping in their nesting box. I really only want them up there to lay their eggs. Suggestions?
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    This happens when nests are open to pullets nowhere near laying. This also happens when the nests are positioned too high. A chicken roosts high but lays low. They are ground layers by instinct and high branches of trees roosters by nature. Copy what their instincts drive them to do. Close off those nest for now. They don't need them and all they'll do is poop them full at night.
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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Block your nests and raise your roosts above the height of the nest boxes.
  4. countrygoddess

    countrygoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was going to say everything Fred said. =) Low nests, high roosts, restrict nests until your pullets (they're not considered hens until they are a year old) are very close to laying.

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