How soon for nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by boisblancboy, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. boisblancboy

    boisblancboy Out Of The Brooder

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    When I move my chicks into the coop, do I have to have nesting boxes already in there or can I wait a few months?

    Reason I ask is I'm going to have a smaller sized temporary coop for the first month or so before I get my full sized one ready.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    They won't need nesting boxes until they lay- usually 5 or 6 months of age. You don't want them pooping and sleeping in them anyway...no big deal to not install them until close to the POL (point of lay).
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would have them in there by 16 week just in case you got a breed that starts early. Plus pullets like to practice before they really start laying.
     
  4. boisblancboy

    boisblancboy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies!
     

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