Hen sleeping in lay box?!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by alfiethetortoise, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

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    I seem to have one hen who prefers to sleep in the lay box! How do i make her stop?!
     
  2. strutz3921

    strutz3921 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine do it all the time too!!
     
  3. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry, i'll just add that there was no poo in the next box this morning as i checked, but the very same hen just took herself to the same next box now that it's completely dark - i guess it it possible she moves to roost later on when temperature dips - they are going in between 3:30 and 4pm at the moment as it's winter and dark early (i assume!)
     
  4. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my little ladies have slumber parties in the nest boxes every night. Sometimes there are 3-4 banties all snuggled in together. Been doing that for almost 2 years at this point! I just check regularly to make sure there isn't too much poop - and there never seems to be.
     
  5. alfiethetortoise

    alfiethetortoise Out Of The Brooder

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    I've moved her on twice now, and twice she has just gone back in when i'm not looking :p I think the chicken wins!
     
  6. hispoptart

    hispoptart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine sleep in the nest boxes also, I have given up trying to stop them. My main reason is because I think the coop area is a bit over crowded for the 4 of them and by letting them have access to the nest boxes it allows them more room. I have blocked them out for a week straight and they layed their eggs on the floor where they sleep, gave them access back and they sleep in it again. I just clean them out every couple of days. It only takes a few secs. to do it.
     
  7. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my silkies sleeps in a nest box. I guess she feels safe in there. I have a flock of eight hens, they have divided themselves into three groups and sleep in three different areas. I'm happy as long as they are!

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  8. F106A

    F106A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they use the same nesting boxes to lay in, just sleep in, or both?

    I figure if the boxes are clean, why worry, but I haven't had this issue - yet.
     

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