Chicks roosting in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SouthShoreCoop, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. SouthShoreCoop

    SouthShoreCoop Just Hatched

    Jun 9, 2016
    South Shore Ky
    I just brought home 5 new chicks to a brand new coop and they're roosting in/on the nesting boxes. Should I be worried about this being a problem in the future? Will they move to the roosting area that I have built in time?
  2. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    Block off the boxes till they lay eggs.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Chickens are creatures of habit, and poo and nests are not a desirable combo. I'd suggest blocking off the nests until they are ready to begin laying. If the roost is higher than the nest boxes, then they should get the idea.

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  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Poop happens in nest boxes no matter what a chicken rancher does.

    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
    Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

    If your feed comes in in this type of bag give it a try.

    I have 66 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

    Last edited: Jun 11, 2016

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