Easter Egger wants to sleep in the nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SLKchickens, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. SLKchickens

    SLKchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Our Easter Eggers just started laying a few weeks ago (even though we got them May 30!!). I noticed last week that one Easter Egger (lowest on the pecking order) has stopped sleeping on the roost and started sleeping in the nesting box. It was about a week after she started laying eggs. She doesn't sit on the eggs after she lays them, and there is no egg under her at night when she wants to sleep in the nesting box. She appears healthy and is eating and drinking. She does tend to be by herself a lot more than the other chickens during the day, but she's always done that.

    When it warms up we plan on changing the roosting bars... We don't have much head room and the chickens sometimes hit their heads when they jump up to roost. I'm thinking it might just be that she decided to sleep in the nesting box to avoid being picked on and hitting her head when jumping up since she's not on any eggs. I do shoo her out every night and she goes onto the roost and spends the rest of the night there. What should I do? Let her sleep there? or shoo her up on the roost?

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks!!
    Katie
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    No, definitely do not let her get into the habit of sleeping in the nests (unless you prefer your eggs with poop on them). When you close up at dark, remove her from the box and put her on the roost. If its dark enough, she'll stay there. Move her every night until she gets the hint and starts roosting again on her own.

    Good luck :)
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Good info on 'retraining' above.

    I have a hinged cover for nests, I close nests off just before dusk, then uncover after dark when I lock up coop. I just find that easier than moving birds after dark.

    How many birds and how many feet of roost?
    It's best to have about 1 foot of roost length per bird.....and roosts should be higher than nests.
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016

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