Hen Won't Stop Roosting In Nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newchickens2009, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Songster

    May 18, 2009
    How Do I Get 1 Of My Hens To Stop Roosting And Pooping In The Nest? I've Tried Everything Even Going Out There Every Couple Hours And Pushing Her Out Just To Find Her Back There On My Return. Any Help Will Be Appreciated. Thank You!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I had to break two hens of this when they were first moved to their coop.
    First, it helps tremendously if your roosts are higher than the nestboxes. Chickens instinctively want to go as high as possible to roost.
    Second, and this takes persistence, go out each night after dark and move them. Use as little light as possible to see by. I used a penlight. Enough light for me to see by, but not enough light for the chickens to see by. That way they won't just move back to the nestboxes after you leave.
    You may have to do this for several days or a week, but they should get the hint.
  3. gkeesling

    gkeesling Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    Having your roosts higher than your nests is the first step.
    I still had a hen sleeping in the nest. When they were done laying for the day, I covered the nests with a board, then went out in the morning to move the board so they could lay. There were a couple times the hen beat me to the nest before I covered it so I just picked her out of it and sat her on the roost. After a few days of this she started going to the roost.
  4. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    Or, put a board up to block the nests every night, removing it in the morning, of course, then you'd have to be "up with the chickens" every day. [​IMG]
  5. JakRat

    JakRat Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    mine did that for a while and they didnt like the roost I made for them... I took all but one nest out and that seemed to work... also now they all sleep around their ramp entrance in the top of the coop (A frame is covered, run is on the bottom). They are silly creatures...
  6. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Songster

    May 18, 2009
    I Will Continue To Keep Moving Her Off The Nest Every Night And See What Happens? Thank You All For The Reply And God Bless You!!!!
  7. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Higher roost and a wider roost. At least a 2X4 with the wide side up.

    Block the nest boxes for a few weeks at night and open them in the morning. You can break them in a few weeks.
  8. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Songster

    Jun 13, 2008
    We use 2 sides from a large cardboard box. Our next boxes are recessed inside a 'box', and one flap of the cardboard fits perfectly over the top, while the other flap hangs down over the entrance. We put it out near dark, and take it out when we do lockdown for the night. Our chickens have been broken of this habit since last fall, but when our weather cooled down this fall, 2 of them suddenly decided the nest boxes looked cozier, so we've reverted to this again.
  9. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    This probably doesn't apply, but just in case... I have one hen that sleeps on the edge of the nesting box. I purchased her last Spring along with 5 others. She is missing part of both her wings, like somebody clipped them at the last joint. It's hard for her to get up onto the roosts so I just clean "her" box out every couple of days and don't worry about it. Good luck with yours.
  10. newchickens2009

    newchickens2009 Songster

    May 18, 2009
    The Keep Moving Her At Night Seems To Be Working? I Still Find Her There When I Go To Check Everynight But Once I Move Her She Dosen't Go Back. Hopefully She Will Soon Get The Idea.

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