Is it time to open up the nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chemguy, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Chemguy

    Chemguy Songster

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    Hello! I've a small flock of BR and BO (4 each), and they're 14 weeks old. They've started developing wattles and combs, which seem to get redder every day. Whe I built their coop, I sealed off access to the nest boxes to prevent pooping, etc. It will be easy to 'unveil' the boxes. Given the signs I am seeing and the age of the chickens, is it time to start thinking about opening access? No squats or songs so far. Thanks in advance for your advice.

  2. cathyb68

    cathyb68 In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2011
    I am new to chickens too. I would do it sooner rather than later. I wanted to build the nest boxes when we built the coop, my husband didn't. We just put their boxes in a few weeks ago and it kind of freaked them out. Better to do it now and let them get used to them. [​IMG]
  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    My chickens have always had access to the egg boxes. They generally do not stay in there and when the time was getting closer I put in hay... but it still took 2 more months to lay. 14 weeks is still pretty early if you are sure of their age.
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    14 weeks is likely a month early. Very, very few breeds lay before 19 weeks. The chances of learning a bad habit of sleeping in the boxes, with the attendant poop, is not too exciting to contemplate. Too soon.

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