Do I need to keep moving chickens from sleeping in the nestbox?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dbg99, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. dbg99

    dbg99 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    Have just got our first 3 chickens last week (red shavers), they are now trained to go up and down the ramp to their house at their will (last week I had to place them up top in their house). At nighttime, they go inside no problems...but they now lay in the nest box and sleep? The last few nights i've gone out about 10pm and picked them up and put on the perch and I'm thinking they stay there until morning. Do I keep doing this until they get the habit of going to their perch, or should I block off the nestbox early evening so they can't get in there and then go out and open up access when it's dark? Any thoughts?
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I hope your perch is higher than the boxes. They usually to to the highest thing.
    But mine is and I still have 4 that do it. I am thinking of making a slanted roof over the nests so they don't want to and can't sleep on the slant.
  3. Owner of Elsie and Doris

    Owner of Elsie and Doris Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2011
    My girls used to sneak into the nest box at night too so I put in an empty plant pot so they couldn't get in. It worked a treat!

    from Katy in England
  4. angie3881

    angie3881 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think they will decide on their own eventually. Mine did.
  5. dbg99

    dbg99 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2011
    So if I put a pot plant in there, after a while they'll continue to sleep on the perch? I am keen on leaving nest box open for them to go into to lay eggs but not sure how to ensure they sleep on the perch which is indeed the higher than anything else.
  6. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I had mine for about 6 - 10 weeks before they started laying and for most of that time they chose to sleep in the nesting boxes. Once they started laying they also started using the roosts of their accord.

    I'd just wait and see.
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    They don't normally lay at night so why not block off the nest at night. You can unblock um when you let the chickens out in the mornings.

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