Introducing nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by HollysFlock, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. HollysFlock

    HollysFlock Out Of The Brooder

    May 4, 2011
    I have seventeen 10-12ish week old pullets (I hope) and I have taken made the nesting boxes inaccessible to them so that they do not learn to sleep there. When should I make them available? One of my larger red sex links has a red face which from my understanding can be a sign of maturation and she is also making little nests in the coop unlike the others. I don't want to cause her or the others stress by leaving the nesting boxes unavailable for too long.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Oscgrr

    Oscgrr Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    Cape Cod
    I can only speak to what I've done. I had nesting boxes available from when mine were about three months old. My nest boxes are outside with an opening inside the coop and a hinged top so I can get the eggs out without going inside. I put hay in the boxes, the coop has wood shavings on the floor, and golf balls in the nests. They have a good roost so they sleep on it and not in the boxes. Occasionally I found golf balls knocked out of the boxes but they never slept in their nests. I guess, if you have a decent roosting area then it's likely more comfortable for them to sleep there than in the boxes.

    I read somewhere that if you put a flap, canvas or something, over the opening of the nest boxes then they'll keep out except when they lay. I had intended on doing that but never got around to it and now that there's no problem, I don't feel the need to cover the opening.

    Hope that helps.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by