Fringe curtain over nest box opening?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sovia, Jun 29, 2008.

  1. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    I thought I read somewhere here that the hens like to have privacy when laying their eggs. Since the nest boxes are not in the darkest part of the coop, I hung a scrap piece of shadecloth across the opening of the nest boxes and fringed it the whole way. The fringe reaches to the lip of the opening. Of course, I have until fall when the hens will begin to lay, but now I am wondering if that was such a good idea. I tried searching for the previous post someone made, but I can't find it now! Should I remove the fringe curtain?:rolleyes:idunno

  2. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    That is too funny - I can't help picturing purple love beads, moons and stars, Marvin Gaye on the 8 track, maybe a little incense and a lava lamp to get 'em in the mood . . .

    Seriously I bet its fine and it might be cool looking, though certainly not necessary. But might it not get covered in those products hen make so much of yet which are not eggs?!

    Groovily yours,
  3. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    They might not realize there are nest boxes behind the curtains. The front doesn't need to be covered, heck I don't even have nest boxes.

    Mine lay their eggs on the ground.
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    My nests are 2 baskets on a table. They love it
  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    I also remember something about privacy, but, my 1st coop just has a regular old metal nesting box that my uncle gave me and they seem to do just fine. I did notice that there used to be a flap on the front of the boxes but they are all gone now. When I put the nest boxes in the new coop I am just going to use some old plastic milk type crates. I am not planning on adding any "privacy" flaps.
  6. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    I nearly spit out my coffee reading your reply, Chickiebaby, lol... Too funny!
  7. sovia

    sovia Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Black Hills of SD
    Thanks for all your replies! I admit I feel more than a little silly. Here I have been telling my kids that the chickens are livestock, not puppies or kittens, so why do they insist on holding them?! As it turns out, I am the idiot who thought they need privacy. Go figure. I appreciate all your input.[​IMG]
  8. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    don't feel silly. We all kind of care too much about our chickens or we wouldnt be on this board in the first place.

    Yes, we all love our chickens too much; its just that some of us like to eat em and some of us like to hold em. And some of us see no conflict in doing both, at the appropriate times. But we all probably care "too much."

  9. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    That sounds too cute, but they might get their claws caught up in that or be afraid to go inside of it.
    Good luck [​IMG]
  10. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Don't feel silly I have curtains up too. There is way to much light in their coop so I thought they might want the nest boxes darker so I made them some curtains, they work like a charm.

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