G'day from Down Under.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dave1979m, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. Dave1979m

    Dave1979m In the Brooder

    Sep 16, 2011
    Hi all, just introducing myself and my 6 new backyard chickens all the way from Australia. Found this site on Google and there seems to be a lot of knowledge here that will help me look after the new additions to my family. The chickens are almost 15 weeks old and are really addictive to watch. I have 3 Rhode Island Reds X with New Hamshire and 3 Australorps X New Hamshire. I have had them for on 5 days and they are eating and drinking well. Already they know where to sleep (albeit in the nesting boxes. But at least they know to go in the coop)
    My first question is should I remove the nesting boxes to stop the sleeping in the nests or just let them rule the roost how they please? Any information is welcome.
    Hope to hear soon. Thank you in advance.

  2. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Songster

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    let me be the first to say


    from central queensland australia

  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    [​IMG] from the state of Indiana in the US! Glad you found us [​IMG] Personally, I'd just cover the nestboxes with cardboard or wire for about two weeks, to keep them out until they get use to sleeping on their roost. I always like my birds having an opportunity to "explore" their nest boxes before they've begun laying, to put the idea in their heads (hopefully...lol). If you have a wooden or plastic egg, or golf balls, you might put one in each nest box to give them the right idea.
  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

    May 22, 2009
    North Central Florida
    Welcome! There are quite a few ozzies here. I am sure you will meet some.
    The standard practice is to keep them from sleeping in the nest boxes. Once they start laying eggs, you are not going to want them to be pooing in there, and they seem to poo a lot when they roost.
    Have a G'day yourself, but I do believe you should be sleeping 'bout now. so g'night [​IMG]

  5. brokenspoke

    brokenspoke In the Brooder

    Hello, and welcome [​IMG]
  6. Ozchicken

    Ozchicken Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Queensland, Australia
    Hi there. [​IMG]
  7. Amigo

    Amigo Songster

    Jul 13, 2011
    Your house!

  8. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! So glad to have you with us.
  9. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]



  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy, Dave, and [​IMG]. Have fun and enjoy your birds! [​IMG]

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