Laying area

piggykids4

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 22, 2013
5
0
7
Utah
I have heard that the laying area should be kept clean. How do I keep my girls from just chilling in There and pooping all over? They are not laying eggs yet.
 

HEChicken

Crowing
11 Years
Aug 12, 2009
7,552
209
356
BuCo, KS
My Coop
My Coop
If they are not laying yet, they don't need access, so I would block off the nest boxes until closer to the time they need to be in them. Nest boxes are often a preferred place to sleep because they seem private and safe.

What I did to block mine off is this:



Sorry - not a great photo, but what it is, is feed bags tacked to the front of the nest boxes. I did this because I have a mixed age flock and the laying hens needed access, but the younger birds wanted to sleep there at night. So I tacked the feed bags to the front, allowing me to pull them down like a curtain over the front of the boxes by night, but fold them up to open up the boxes during the day.
 

truckguy

Chirping
7 Years
May 14, 2012
118
5
73
I took mine out for the time being. I have time before they start laying eggs.

It also gives me time to add or modify the coup if needed.
 

piggykids4

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 22, 2013
5
0
7
Utah
I have a mixed group too. I bought my first group about two months before the second. About when will they start laying so I know when to open it up?
 

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