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hens behaving badley

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wcah, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. wcah

    wcah Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    Shropshire, England. UK
    Mooved my hens to a larger coop as too many an not enough perch space in there old one which was causing fights to get a perch. Now they are in the larger coop with about enough space for another 4 hens, an now NONE of them perch now they all sleep in the nestboxes, which inturn makes shity nestboxes an so dirty eggs. How can i get them to perch? Why have they decided to sleep in there nest boxes? They have now been in there larger coop for 2 weeks now.
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    The roosts need to be higher than the nest boxes. Block the nest boxes off at night.

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  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Are the roosts higher than the nest boxes? If not raise them or lower the nest boxes. Chickens generally roost at the highest point possible. Also for a while block the nest boxes in the evening.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013
  4. wcah

    wcah Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2012
    Shropshire, England. UK
    Yeh the nestboxes are heigher than the perches. Its the way its constructed by the company that i bought it off i wounder if that is why it was reduced in price. As soon as i read you comments its logical. Oh well a bit of diy this weekend i feel is on the cards. Thank you.

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