At what age do I remove the covers from the nesting boxes??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickmomma18, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. chickmomma18

    chickmomma18 Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have 10 -9 week old chicks
    And 10- 7 week old chicks.

    The nesting boxes are covered so they can't use them yet. What age do I take the covers off?
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I usually set up nest boxes a little before hens are nearing point of lay, around 18 weeks or so. When they start getting red in the face/wattles/combs they are getting close and they'll want to be investigating the boxes ahead of time.
     
  3. chickmomma18

    chickmomma18 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great. Thank you!!
     
  4. Farm Girl 1

    Farm Girl 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always kept mine open even at that age. They didn't sleep in them or anything they just explored them. So I'd say its fine to open them.
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    I agree with Farm Girl 1.

    I have only my current gals, but never had to close the nests. All who showed early interest and played in and explored them started laying there. The one who showed no early interest was initially a floor layer.

    I would leave them open, unless they try to sleep there.
    If you decide to close them, I would reopen when the pullets are showing signs of maturity.
     
  6. Farm Girl 1

    Farm Girl 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always left them open and today looked in the laying boxes and BAM!! Two eggs in one box. P.s. this is the first time the chickens have ever laid.
     
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Conrats, sooooo eggciting!
     
  8. Farm Girl 1

    Farm Girl 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't it an eggcelent feeling to get your first egg!
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes it is…but my 6 gals have been laying for a year, and still I find it exciting to collect those fresh eggs daily!
     
  10. Farm Girl 1

    Farm Girl 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went in the chicken coop, no eggs. Went to the run and BAM! ANOTHER egg! This one is just a little smaller than a regular store bought. 3 eggs so far today and none have ever laid before!
     

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