Except that loose strings from ripped cloth can be an hazard...not to mention thumb tacks coming lose and being ingested.<shudders> If you choose to make 'curtains' please attach them securely.But ripping rags and thumbtacking them doesn't seem that hard!
Well, that might set an example!Thanks for the suggestions! The nesting boxes have straw and one of my other chickens left an egg shaped surprise in one of them this morning so at least one chicken likes my nesting boxes!
I actually ended up cutting curtains and ties and stapling them. The thumb tacks barely went in the wood and I was paranoid they'd peck them off and poke themselves with them.Except that loose strings from ripped cloth can be an hazard...not to mention thumb tacks coming lose and being ingested.<shudders> If you choose to make 'curtains' please attach them securely.
Well, that might set an example!
I can't see anywhere there to lay an egg really. I'm really good at making boxes and nests chickens like to lay eggs in. I've had plenty of success. I think there was only one set of three I made that sucked.
My expert recommendations. Take one, or take all, take as many as you please.
I made my curtains and started putying them up when my barred rock, my newest layer, went in a nesting box right away and stayed there the whole time I was installing them. My under the roost layer kept poking her hose in to see what in the world was going on there. Too funny.
Thumbtack a handcloth or rag over two of the doorways to the nestboxes. The hanging cloth needs to leave enough room for her to poke her head in, until they get used to the idea that they can walk trough. Many of my nest boxes have this. It often works. One old denim jeans makes a lot of doorways.
Replace the wood shavings in one box with soil. They will always want a nest where eggs will roll to the center, I can't see that in your boxes.
Use a flowerpot larger than your chicken that just squeezes into the nest box. On it's side, so they can walk right in the front ( top ) of the pot, and a small slope towards the back of the nest (bottom of pot) so the eggs roll to the one place at the back. Mine love this. Big success.
Old lawn mower grass catchers are often easy and good nest boxes.
Lean a piece of flatwood up against the nest boxes to cover the entrance so they have to walk round it to get in. Your nestboxes are too public. Think of it like going to the toilet with everyone watching. It would take a lot of effort for the hens to get that far-away look in their eyes while laying an egg. not easy.
I use cloth napkins and Velcro. They are almost the perfect size already. No sewing, and if you don’t like it you can take it down easily because it isn’t permanent.Thanks for the suggestions! The nesting boxes have straw and one of my other chickens left an egg shaped surprise in one of them this morning so at least one chicken likes my nesting boxes! But I like your rag idea. I was meaning to give my girls some kind of curtains but it was put off because I hate sewing and installing curtain rods. But ripping rags and thumbtacking them doesn't seem that hard!