How early do I need nest boxes in the coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vortec, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2009
    Martin County, NC
    I have two australorp hens that are 10 weeks old and the rest of the hens are 6-7weeks old. How soon do I need to have the nest boxes avalible for them? Is there a period of time that they begin to settle in and have to get used to sitting on the nest, or do the nest boxes just need to be in there by laying age? Thanks

  2. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I don't know how soon you need them in there. Ours were already in the coop before the chickens were. The pullets started checking them out and scratching in them 2 to 3 weeks before we got the first egg. Golf balls were in there too. The only other places we find eggs is a mop bucket in the carport and a trash can full of hay rope in the barn. I think the sooner you have them in the coop, the more likely they are going to use them as their first choice nest.
  3. chickenkate

    chickenkate Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    East coast
    You can put them in as soon as you want. [​IMG]
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I agree. Be sure your roosts are higher than your nest boxes to discourage anyone from wanting to sleep (and poop) in the nest boxes.

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