Chickens sleeping in Nestboxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickadee2, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. chickadee2

    chickadee2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    Some of our 11 week old EE, BR, PR, BL are sleeping and pooping in their nestboxes. The nestbox is lower than the top roost (which all do get on).
    Any suggestions? They are not laying yet, but even cleaning it everyday, it would not be a good place to lay. Has anyone else had this problem?[​IMG]
  2. griffin45

    griffin45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    South Central Virgina
    Yep, I ended up making removable nest boxes to avoid this and only keep enough in the coop to for the chickens that are laying.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You can just close the nestboxes off temporarily (either put something big in 'em, or staple some cardboard etc over the openings) to get them out of the habit, til they're closer to laying age.

    Ideally nestboxes ought to be noticeably lower than ALL roosts, not just the highest, so you might want to think about whether this can be adjusted, also whether your roosts could maybe be wider or whether maybe there's a draft there. In case.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. mine do it all the time so I have thrown in the flag and let them roost where they want, they lay under the nests, and I have no problem as long as they lay. marrie
  5. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    I caught my banty cochin roo sleeping in a nestbox this afternoon!! Silly chicken!

    I guess that's one way to stay warm...
  6. chickadee2

    chickadee2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    [​IMG] Thanks for all the help. I have temporarily blocked the nestboxes as it seems like it would be easier to change their habits now. Our 2 nestboxes Open to the outside, so I do want them to eventually lay them. They are so much fun.
  7. chickadee2

    chickadee2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    [​IMG] Really enjoyed Patandchickens web page. It is interesting and fun to read.

    The ventilation needs are amazing. Suggest she might try"shingles" from cut up old tires for the roof of her tractor if the shower curtain fails. [​IMG]
  8. miron28

    miron28 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    i had the same problem. found out that they are too big so i made some smaller and now i don't have that problem
  9. chickadee2

    chickadee2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 13, 2008
    Would it be convenient to send the current measurements that are successful? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks [​IMG]
  10. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    We had this problem with a pullet that was particularly picked on. We just booted her out of them every time we caught her in them and eventually she got the message.

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