My 4 month- old hen is sleeping in the nesting box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicken 86, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. chicken 86

    chicken 86 Out Of The Brooder

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    At first we though she was getting familiar with it, but now she has slept there for 3-4 nights and no eggs.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  2. Karen09

    Karen09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had some do that. They eventually went to the roost to sleep. You could move her to the roost if you would like. Sometimes they just like the feeling of protection. In the winter, they are sometimes warmer there (cause their feet are covered better than on the roost).
     
  3. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a rooster and several hens that prefer the nesting boxes to the roosts.
     
  4. Kaceyx73

    Kaceyx73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This isn't always the case, but check to see if she isn't getting shoved off the roost.

    I had a couple of mine do that. Amidst the frenzy of finding the best spot, occasionally someone gets bumped off. Chickens don't see in the dark. If it is too dark to find their way back up, they will find the safest place on the ground they can, usually in the nest box. Shine a flashlight to illuminate the way, and if she follows it and goes back up then you know what the problem is. Of course, thats if she isn't already asleep for the night.

    Ken
     
  5. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems like all of mine under 5 months, sleep in them [​IMG] They do have 6 very long roosts, but some of them ignore them.
     
  6. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sitting on the toilet
    my hen sleeps in a nesting box
     

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