growers in nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by glennbyc, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. glennbyc

    glennbyc New Egg

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    I have just got 3 hybrid growers 10 weeks old and they huddle in the nest boxes when in the coop. should i be stopping them doing this.if so. how
     
  2. leetfreq925

    leetfreq925 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they should not be allowed access to the laying boxes until they get near laying time. Otherwise they learn to sleep in there vs. roosting, which can cause disease. can you block off the boxes with wood? lean something up against them? do they have a place to roost at night? Is it too high that they can't get up?
     
  3. glennbyc

    glennbyc New Egg

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    They have perch to go on
     
  4. leetfreq925

    leetfreq925 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you ever seen them on it? maybe try placing some of them on it so they know what to do. and definitely block off the laying boxes for now.
     
  5. glennbyc

    glennbyc New Egg

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    The perch is lower than the boxes ami right in thinking it needs to be higher
     
  6. leetfreq925

    leetfreq925 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how high are the boxes? try blocking them off first. since they are only 10 wks old, they won't want to go up super high. when they get older and they are ready to use the boxes, unblock the boxes and offer some more alternatives to perches that are up a little higher. they will grow into them.
     
  7. glennbyc

    glennbyc New Egg

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    the boxes are only a couple of inches ofthe bottom
     
  8. leetfreq925

    leetfreq925 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and the perch is lower than that? perch right now should be about 5-6" up, when they get older, it should be over a foot. the laying boxes are fine that low, but definitely raise the perch if it's that low. still make sure to block off the boxes.
     
  9. glennbyc

    glennbyc New Egg

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    Blocked them off but they got very noisy and restless seemed very stressed.
     
  10. leetfreq925

    leetfreq925 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have they quieted down yet? Give them some time. They will get used to it. Maybe put one up on the perch to show them what to do.
     

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