Whether it's the thing to do or not, tonight I'm blocking off the nest. As a lot of you know my BO hatched 6 in one of my nest boxes. Now that they are almost 9 weeks old, it looks stupid as all get out for mama the 6 chicks the size of these, all crowding into one of the nest boxes for bed at night. But the one thing that's got my goat is every morning the nest is packed solid in chicken crap. Every morning I have to replace the straw and clean the entire nest. So tonight they will sleep on the sand in the coop or learn to go to the roost I made for them. I don't know how 7 chickens even fit in that 12 X 16 nest box. Am I being cruel?