Did I mess up? Should I change it back?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by arcatamarcia, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. arcatamarcia

    arcatamarcia Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    I have four 20 week old pullets. They aren't laying yet, but they're getting ready.

    A week ago I became worried that their nest box is too bright and doesn't afford enough privacy. It's a small coop (16 sq. ft.) with a single large nest box. The coop has an open side and two large windows, so it's very light in there, even in the nest. So I stapled a piece of fabric over half of the opening to give them a bit more shade and privacy. Before I did that, I would see them going into the next box and checking it out. Now they don't do that. I'm wondering if they don't like the curtain. But I also know they don't like change, so is changing it back worse?

    I know, I'm just impatient for eggs and checking the nest 12 times a day isn't helping! I just want to make it comfortable for them.
  2. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chirping

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Central NC
    Give the some time to adjust to it....one of my four just started laying on Sunday - at 24 weeks. Can you put them in the nest box? Just to show them how to navigate with the curtain there? Like you said, they are wary of anything new. Mine are certainly like that!! Good luck - I know the waiting is slow and painful [​IMG]
  3. BackyardCountry

    BackyardCountry Chirping

    Aug 31, 2011
    My Own Little World....
    i heard that sometimes some chickens take longer than others...but im waiting right here with ya! my chickens are about 18 weeks and ready to lay
  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    Chickens typically like dark and private nesting boxes so I think you had the right idea. I would leave it and see how it goes. It iwll nto keep them from laying so if they lay some place other than the nest box, remove it. otherwise, good luck with the eggs in your near future
  5. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    Chickens don't like change. But they always get used to it in the end. I say keep it as is.
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I have no curtains on my nest boxes & they lay in the boxes. Who knows ?[​IMG]
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Put a golf ball in the nesting box, it'll give them the idea of where they're supposed to lay their egg! [​IMG]

    And I'd just leave the curtain.

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