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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

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    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

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    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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