Covered nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by patvetzal, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. patvetzal

    patvetzal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just remembering that my grandparents used to have cloth " curtains " covering the front of the nesting boxes, either for privacy or darkness (?). Haven't noticed any reference to this on the forum. Anyone do this?:)
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    They seem to be unescessary, as most hens lay just fine without them.
     
  3. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree. Mine do fine without them.
     
  4. K-12 Chickens

    K-12 Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cover my nest boxes with a thick cloth (various colors) and it seems to make it more inviting for my girls to lay.
     
  5. patvetzal

    patvetzal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought, but I am thinking of doing a redesign in my coop . I only have two nesting boxes for up to 6 birds but now and then do find an egg on the floor. Right now three of my birds (RIRs )give an egg/ day/ bird while the three older leghorns are only producing one egg/ day between them .
     
  6. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Given the option, I think they prefer the privacy, although I don't think it is necessary.
     

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