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A roosting perch above nesting box??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rugerham, May 19, 2011.

  1. rugerham

    rugerham In the Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    I'm very new to this and so am reading as much as I can about how to get my chickens to be happy, healthy, and laying efficiently. I've had them 6 full days now.

    I read a thread that said that I should have a perch above the nesting box and that the chickens would sit on the perch and lay an egg in to the nesting box. Is this true? Though I'm a chicken newbie, all my life I thought chickens actually "sat" in the box to lay eggs. All the pictures I've seen on this site so far don't seem to show a perch above the nesting box. What advice can y'all give me?? Thanks!

  2. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gilbert AZ
    Quote:Mine love their roost / perch ... but lay eggs in the nest box. The problem is when they want to sleep in the nest box and I have to pull all of them (7) out of one box in the evening.
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I would say no to that......If they can roost (perch) above the nesting box, then they will also poop in the nesting box, which makes dirty eggs.......
  4. rugerham

    rugerham In the Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Quote:Mine seem to do that a lot too. I figure I could go down there right now and push them out of the box and they'd just jump back in there when I walk back to the house.
  5. Player Hater

    Player Hater Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    it would be ok if the nest box were covered, and then you'd want a poo board above that

    you probably don't want them laying into the boxes while sitting on a perch

    you'll get broken eggs, egg eating, and poopy eggs, from them roosting above the eggs

    no good
  6. domino7

    domino7 Songster

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    My roosts are right above my nest boxes. I like it, and have no problem. I just scrape the poo into a bucket. My nest boxes are covered.
  7. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    Chickens would prefer to roost vs lay in a nest at night it seems. On occasion I'd find one sleeping in the box, but for the most part, if the roosts are higher than the nest boxes, they will generally go up there.

  8. rugerham

    rugerham In the Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Here is an exterior view of the nesting box. (click picture for larger image) As you can see, it is attached to the exterior of the coop and so they seem to like to hide in it.


    Here is a picture of them running in to the nesting box when they are disturbed: (click picture for larger image)

    You can see two of the roosts, both of which are higher than the box.

  9. wewokaman

    wewokaman In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2012
    I am so totally confused, lol. Can I just build a perch and build the nest elsewhere away from perch with access to them getting to the nest?
    Johnathan (Kansas)
  10. farmin4fun

    farmin4fun In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2012
    Jackson, Michigan
    Chickens are vulnerable at night as they have very poor night vision so they feel safe when they can roost high. They naturally tend to roost in the highest place they can get to. It's instinct for them.

    I believe what you may have heard is someone saing that you should put your roosts "higher" than your nests. (rather than above) If your nests are higher than your roosts or even the same height, then your chickens will try to roost in the nests. This can cause issues which I believe have already been mentioned.

    I would make sure your roosts are higher than your nests and your chickens will start to roost in the proper place in time. It may take a couple days for your chickens to change their routine, but it should happen fairly quickly.

    Best of luck!!!
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