How do you keep hens from sleeping in nesting boxes.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenbuddy, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. chickenbuddy

    chickenbuddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2008
    and pooping in them as a result in doing so?
     
  2. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Make sure the roosts are higher than the nest boxes.

    If they already are, put some kind of cover over the nests as the sun starts to go down. Make sure to pull the covers off at first light. They will get the message.

    Wayne
     
  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    When mine were young I would go out after dark and put them on there perch. They would usually stay there as they don't move around much in the dark.
     
  4. clayhill

    clayhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did that to at first, I hung a towel across the nest boxes for awhile, they were not laying at the time. After a month or so I removed the towel and never had any problems again.
     
  5. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some nest boxes have a bar in front that can be pulled up in front of the opening in the evening. My neighbor puts it up around 4 pm every day when he collects the eggs and puts it down early in the morning when he opens their door. He's got a hundred hens in there!
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Assuming that your nest boxes are lower than your roosts, try going out at night and moving them to the roosts.
    You have to be consistent about going out every night and it can take a week or more before they get the message.
     
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Chicken Obsessed

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    I do not like the idea of blocking the nests off.. that would mean getting up before 9 am to open the nests..[​IMG]
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Or in my case, getting up before noon! I don't think the hens are gonna wait that long. [​IMG]
     

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