Hen sleeping (and pooping) in nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by reesadz, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. reesadz

    reesadz Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2012
    Since the temperatures dropped a bit (I'm in NJ) my 2 out of 3 of my hens have stopped laying, which I expected, but the one who is still laying eggs has been sleeping, and therefore pooping in the nesting box. Any tips on how to stop this behavior? Thanks!
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I would block the boxes at night so that she can't sleep there, and open them back up in the morning. After she sleeps on the rooster for a week or so it should be her new routine.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    The best solution is to block the nest off before they go to roost, you can unblock it after they go to sleep. I have an EE that was starting to do that blocking the nest put a stop to that. Now I have another one starting to do it.
  4. aleebama

    aleebama Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 15, 2012
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I had the same problem with some 20 week old EE's which were not laying yet. After about a week of me moving them to their roost after dark solved the problem.

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