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Hens sleep in one nesting box!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tayfee, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. tayfee

    tayfee Hatching

    Jul 15, 2011
    I have 6 hens, and I've noticed that they all sleep on top of one another. No big deal... until 2 of the girls started laying. I put the nesting boxes in and now all 6 of the silly creatures pile in one nesting box! How do I stop them from sleeping in the nesting box? It's full of poo everyday! I live in southern VA, so it's not like it's cold at night.

  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    You could cover the box at night, and then open it back up for them in the morning. I have 12 nesting holes, and new chicks ALWAYS try to sleep in them. So I physically remove them from the nesting boxes and place them on the roost. Every night until they start going up on their own. Sometimes it takes a few days, sometimes a few weeks. Good luck!

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