I am new here and need some advice...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MrsD, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. MrsD

    MrsD New Egg

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    We have 7 original hens who just started laying. We gradually introduced 9 more younger ones that were almost the same size. They have gotten over the picking/pecking on each other. Our problem now is when the newer ones go in the coop for the night they go into a couple of the nesting boxes and pile up to sleep. They don’t get up on the roost! They are staggered in height and there’s more than enough room for all of them. How do I make the get on the roosts & stop pooing in the nesting boxes?? Thanks!!
     
  2. rooster58

    rooster58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Start by going out after dark and placing them on roost. Try that for a few nights and see if it works.
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, MrsD, and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you aboard! I agree with the advice of rooster58 - also are the roosts higher than the nest boxes? That's important. Best of luck and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
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  4. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. Good advice above. I'd also block off the nest boxes before dark they are no longer an option.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under MrsD [​IMG] Welcome!

    I agree with the great advice you have received so far and wish you all the best. A combination of blocking off the nest boxes and popping them on the roost should do the trick.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  8. whoop whoop

    whoop whoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    Hello and :welcome! I'm so glad you joined us here and I hope you enjoy it just as much as the rest of us do! You've been given some great advice already! Best of luck on your continuing journey with chickens!
     
  10. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hi there, and welcome to the forum! I'm so glad you joined BYC, please make yourself at home here, and enjoy all the chickeny folks! :frow

    ~Cuz
     

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