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Hens not using new nesting box

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by slpaden, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. slpaden

    slpaden In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2012
    Yesterday I moved my hens to a new coop/nesting box. Last night and tonight they have huddled int he corner of the coop, not going to the nesting box. They have continued to give us eggs in the new nesting box, but we are having to pick them up and put them in at night. Any suggestions and is this morning? Thanks!

  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    You have them sleeping in the nest box? Most people have roosts in the coop for the birds to sleep on, It is what they prefer. And higher than the nest boxes.
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    Turtle is right. You don't want them to sleep in the nesting box. Make them a roost as turtle says. Make it from a 2x4 with barely rounded edges. In the summer, let them perch on the 2 inch side. In the winter, let them sleep on th 4 inch side so they nestle down and cover their feet with their feathers to keep them warm. If these are young chickens, they should not perch until about 12 weeks to prevent a crooked keel bone.
  4. slpaden

    slpaden In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2012
    Wow. Thanks! The lady I got them from had them nesting and sleeping in the same box. This is my first time around so I am learning. Thanks for your help!
  5. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Songster

    Mar 21, 2012
    Boise, ID
    Oh, wow, yeah....they should be perching. If they sleep in the boxes they will crap in there and then the eggs will be messy...I still have an old SLW that stubbornly sleeps in the box (she was a second-hand chicken from a friend) But amazingly enough, she's potty-trained herself somehow.....I have no idea, but she used to poop in it when I first brought her home, and now I see her poops on the wire floor just outside the box and there's none in the box....but she's the exception. Chickens are much more comfortable roosting.

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