How do I train chicks to lay in boxes not sleep in them?

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  1. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know I am jumping the gun a little bit but I have 12 week old hens and im wondering how to teach them not to sleep in the nest boxes? Any ideas or is this just something they learn naturally? The majority sleep on the roosts already but a few hang out in the boxes.
     
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 - make sure the roosts are higher than the nest boxes and that there is enough room on them for all the birds

    2 - if no one is laying right now, block off the nest boxes until they get closer to laying age

    Thats my 2 cents [​IMG]
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    1 - make sure the roosts are higher than the nest boxes and that there is enough room on them for all the birds

    2 - if no one is laying right now, block off the nest boxes until they get closer to laying age

    Thats my 2 cents [​IMG]

    Ditto.​
     
  4. Fred's Hens

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  5. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am blocking the boxes off today. Also the roosts start low and get high. Thanks for the advice. [​IMG]
     
  6. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same advice....

    and when they get really close, unblock the boxes, throw a few fake eggs, or golf balls in there...I had to put a material curtain in front
    of my boxes, so they would go inside....

    Also keeping them locked in for a few extra hours, will keep them from making hidden nests all over the place....
     
  7. eggcamefirst

    eggcamefirst Out Of The Brooder

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    My rooster and a few hens did that for a week or so. I would go out at night and physically move them to the roosts. Did that for 3 nights then he started roosting with the girls...
     
  8. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!,
    recently I added a couple more hens to my existing flock, everyone got confused about were to sleep, (most ended up on the ground) so I would go out every night and plop them on there roost. It worked!
     

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