Coop advice needed please look

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RoosterJuice, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. RoosterJuice

    RoosterJuice Out Of The Brooder

    34
    2
    31
    Feb 24, 2017
    How can I get my chickens to stop pooping in their beds? They're so dumb that way! Why don't they do their business somewhere where they DON'T sleep??? Is there a way I get them to go somewhere else?
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,319
    446
    221
    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Chickens pop all night long. They should not be sleeping in their nesting boxes and you need to discourage it. Block off the boxes at night. Do they have a roost and is it too close to the wall to be used?
     
  3. Paganrose

    Paganrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    337
    41
    133
    May 23, 2010
    Albany,, Wisconsin
    Chicken always poop the most while sleeping. What do you mean about beds? (nest boxes are meant for laying eggs) Chickens should be sleeping on a roost so the poo falls below. Make sure the roosts are higher than the nest boxes, and remove them to the roost if you see them sleeping in the nest boxes.
     
  4. RoosterJuice

    RoosterJuice Out Of The Brooder

    34
    2
    31
    Feb 24, 2017
    Wow! They've been sleeping in the nesting boxes for a year! Thanks for telling me, I wish I would have known sooner.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    33,794
    6,925
    576
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Put roosts higher than nests....then retrain them to sleep on roosts.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by