cuddleing in nest not on roost

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tav1, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. tav1

    tav1 Songster

    Nov 4, 2014
    thought i made a tread on this....oh well. I've had these 3 hens since sat. (yr. old) and so far there doing great got 7 eggs so far , so I think there adjusting well.

    at night I find 2 out of 3 cuddling and the 3rd is by it self I really want to break this cuz there pooping in the nest. I think I need to buy a single hen nest so they sleep somewhere else and not in the nest. what do you think? I tried putting them on the roost but find them in the nest, I guess there keeping warm. it's a little chilly at night now.

    this is my nest.

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  2. johanssonmel

    johanssonmel In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2014
    Wilmington NC
    I had one in particular that kept sleeping (and pooping!) in the nests. I went out every late afternoon and booby-trapped the nests by laying a board half-in half-out of the nest, so that if they jumped up there it would fall. I also went out every evening after they'd gone to bed and physically moved her from the nest onto the roost.

    I've got 9 hens, though; it may be easier for them to stay warm on the roosts. Plus, it's not as cold down here as in some other areas of the country.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    You have to move them to the roost every night for about a week. Then they will be more secure in their surroundings and roost on the roost. The roosts need to be higher than the nest box, which I am assuming is the case since your nest box appears to be on the floor.
  4. tav1

    tav1 Songster

    Nov 4, 2014
    1 (roost) is about a foot of the floor and the other is about a foot and a 1/2. shoulf i get i one hen nest to detour them in sleeping in this nest?
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
  5. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    My flock all roost over 5 feet off the ground with the odd ones out only roosting at 3 or 4 feet and not liking it. But if you can double the height of your roost to 3 feet they may find it more appealing safety wise~just a thought....

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