My 2 month old girls are pooping in their nesting boxes - Yuck!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CountryCentinel, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. CountryCentinel

    CountryCentinel In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2011
    The boxes are standard construction, they do have a 3" board on the front to hold the bedding inside, and I suspect though I haven't actually seen it, that they are roosting on that board?

    They are only 9 weeks old, does that have anything to do with it?


    New site looks cool too... ;-)
  2. Creed Bennett

    Creed Bennett Songster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Western Kentucky
    Chickens shouldn't have access to nesting boxes until they are 5 or 6 months old. Also keep nesting boxes lower than roost poles.
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  3. ScottM

    ScottM Songster

    Why do the nesting boxes need to be lower?
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Roosts is where a chicken sleeps and poops, a lot!!! If the nesting box is as high as the roost, they'll sleep and poop in them. An immature pullet does not need an open nesting box. This just engrains a bunch of bad habits.
  5. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Songster

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    Close off the next boxes until laying age. I used a panel of hardware cloth to keep them out of the nest boxes. Make sure your roosts are higher than the nest boxes and they should stay out of the nests once they get the hang of sleeping on roost.

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