How can I stop my Chickens from pooping in their nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BongeDundee, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. BongeDundee

    BongeDundee Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2015
    New Jersey
    My new flock has just started laying eggs, and I'm so proud because they are laying them inside their next box, but its also where they do their business. Is there any way I can encourage them to not poop in their next boxes?
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Do you think your chickens are fouling the nest box while they're laying an egg, or are they able to roost over the nest boxes at night? I can't think of a good solution to the former problem (other than changing bedding regularly), but the second problem could be avoided by changing the nest box design and/or moving roosts.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Wonders if they have been roosting(sleeping) in the nests?
    They poop a lot during the night and so should not be allowed to sleep in the nests.
    Roosts should be about a foot higher than the nests because they like to roost as high as possible.

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