First time nest box...roll out or not?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wheeler Farms Chickens, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Wheeler Farms Chickens

    Wheeler Farms Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I should have hens laying in about a month. I am thinking about building the roll out from Opa Wan. Is that ok for first time layers or do they need something different?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Anything will work - roll out nest boxes, regular nest boxes, card board box, kitty litter box, etc. They aren't that particular. BUT once they get in their habit of laying, it is VERY hard to change it.
     
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If you're going to go all out, go with the roll away boxes. You'll never have to worry about them eating their own eggs...
     
  4. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally don't like roll out boxes, I like to encourage broodiness [​IMG]
     
  5. Wheeler Farms Chickens

    Wheeler Farms Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome. I started some cutting and building today. I was hoping the consensus would be roll out. I should have taken some pics first so you could see why I wanted to. Now I dont have to worry about doors on the back to get them out.
     
  6. Wheeler Farms Chickens

    Wheeler Farms Chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:As of this time, I am not planning on raising my own chicks, so I dont have to worry about the broodiness.
     
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    ca Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:As of this time, I am not planning on raising my own chicks, so I dont have to worry about the broodiness.

    LOL! That's what I said 1 year ago. I now own two incubators and have hatched countless chickens... I'll see you in the "hatching egg" section later [​IMG]
     
  8. Wheeler Farms Chickens

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    Quote:As of this time, I am not planning on raising my own chicks, so I dont have to worry about the broodiness.

    LOL! That's what I said 1 year ago. I now own two incubators and have hatched countless chickens... I'll see you in the "hatching egg" section later [​IMG]

    That could very well be true. I am just getting started with the whole chicken thing. I know I want to do some hatching, but I have a place planned to seperate the Buffs when the time comes.
     
  9. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    So true. I now have 3 coops (2 for chickens, 1 for growing out babies), an incubator and I've hatched almost all the broody breeds. You'd think that would be enough - NOPE - now I want turkeys. And I recall telling my DH when he came up with the chickens idea that I'll never have a rooster. (I have 3 now)
     

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