Do nesting boxes need to be covered?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by countrygirlwannabe, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. countrygirlwannabe

    countrygirlwannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a very small coop in my backyard for 2-3 hens. I have some 12 week old light sussex that are obviously not laying yet, but our coop has open nesting boxes. Is this ok? I was looking at a lot of the coop designs and many of them showed covered/enclosed nesting boxes. I would love to hear some opinions.[​IMG]
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, they don't. Most of mine are not and they seem to prefer those to ones that are, depending on their mood. Uncovered ones are much cooler in the hot months.
     
  3. johnwinters

    johnwinters Out Of The Brooder

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    No. As long as they are not hungry they should have no interest in eating eggs.
     
  4. chickenpredatorkiller

    chickenpredatorkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. As long as they are not hungry they should have no interest in eating eggs.

    umm... im pretty sure thats not what he asked.​
     

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