chickens sleeping in laying box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 20tundra, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. 20tundra

    20tundra Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2009
    Last night I went to check on my chickens and there were 2 in one egg box and 2 in the other box sleeping. They usually are all on the roosts except one that sleeps in the box occasionally. I would have thought they were cold but last night was a lot warmer than the previous two nights. I guess I'll have to start blocking off the boxes at night if it continues.
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Or you can go out each night, for a few nights maybe a week, and move them to the roosts. Use as little light as possible to do this. I use a penlight. It takes patience and consistency, but you can break them of sleeping in the nestboxes.
    I can't block off my nestboxes, due to the way they are situated in the coop. Also, I sleep way later than my hens do. Breaking the hens that wanted to sleep in the nestboxes of the habit was the only solution for me.
  3. 20tundra

    20tundra Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 8, 2009
    I may try that first since I also sleep later than the chickens do and they are mostly laying early in the morning.
  4. Sparkie

    Sparkie New Egg

    Dec 12, 2009
    My RIR rooster started roosting on the front edge of the nesting box. Several nights in a row I would coax him back on the roost.
    I finally removed the nest box and using three pieces of coat hanger bent into a U-shape. I drilled holes in the front edge of the nest
    box then inserted them so that they where sticking up about 1 1/2". Apparently it made it uncomfortable enough for him not to be
    able to sleep. He is now rooting where he should be. I thought maybe my two layers wouldn't like having to climb over the coat hangers,
    but it doesn't seem to bother them.
  5. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2008
    I have found that my molting hens are spending some time in the nest boxes to keep warm, I think!
    Goldie was in one most of today ( temps in the 20s) but tonight was roosting next to the others. Spreckles spent some time in the nest box when she was in her worst molt, too. Usually it has only been one night right at the start of the molt that they spend IN the nest box. Other than that they snuggle next to the others on the roost. I assume they feel lousy and just want to be alone for the night. I know I would if i was molting!
  6. jdellosso

    jdellosso Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2009
    Alameda, CA
    I have two cochins that are 4 1/2 months old and have not started to lay eggs. They have a box of pine shavings in their coop, and they prefer to sleep together in the box instead of the roost. I have purchased two nesting boxes for when the time comes. How important is it that they don't sleep in the nesting boxes? Is it because other chickens will need to use the box, or is it just a designated place for them to lay only? Should I start to train them now to sleep on the roost? They're so cute cuddled together in their happy box!
  7. rickc24

    rickc24 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    mine only sleep in there at night but......its not a bad thing they are just trying to sleep.....
  8. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    Quote:i agree. i wouldn't worry about it unless your hens are fat and clumsy and break eggs while they are in there. [​IMG]
  9. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    The only reason I don't like mine sleeping in the nest box is they fill it up with poop. Usually the next box stays pretty clean (and so do the eggs), but as soon as someone sleeps in it, it gets gross and the eggs are dirty when I collect them.
  10. BWchicken

    BWchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Jdellosso, poop covered eggs is why people don't want them sleeping in the boxes, but since yours aren't laying yet, you could just let them be for now. They will start to roost on their own when they're ready, adult chickens instinctively like a high roost to sleep on. I know what you mean about how sweet they look cuddled in the box! And they're probably warmer too.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2009

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