My 5 month olds are nesting in the nestboxes & not roosting

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LA~Poulet, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on the higher perches... UGG! Dirty nestbox material every day, and that is where my older hens lay. How can I teach them that nest boxes are not for their sleeping pleasure?
     
  2. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Close the nests up at night?
     
  3. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Well what you can do is to go at night and physically move them to the roosts. After a few nights they should get the hang of it as well.

    Its what I would do since you already have laying hens....you could close off the nesting boxes at night too so they cannot get in, and then open them first thing.
     
  4. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought about closing the boxes at night, but the laying hens sometimes are up earlier than we are [​IMG]

    There is a cockerel & 4 pullets that seem to be the culprits. I will try blocking them off tonight, and then maybe moving the block once it is dark.
     
  5. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Block the nest boxes, raise the roosts, make the roosts wider 2X4 or 2X6 even better.
     
  6. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The roosts are already at least 6" or 8" higher than the nest boxes, I thought they actually might be too high or too hard to access? So maybe a wider perch would work? I had no idea they liked wider.
     
  7. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can they reach the roost? I don't know how high your roost is, but sometimes they are not surefooted and have to learn to jump or fly up. Also, are the older girls letting them up onto the roost?

    You can try putting something on the floor like a large bucket so they can jump up on that and then to the roost?

    Just an idea. I have a mini-perch they like to use as an in between step to the roost.
     
  8. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I just went out with my flashlight and it was only one of my pullets and 2 of my old laying hens. Color me surprised! I helped them find the roosts & hope they stay there.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    LA~Poulet :

    The roosts are already at least 6" or 8" higher than the nest boxes, I thought they actually might be too high or too hard to access? So maybe a wider perch would work? I had no idea they liked wider.

    Yes, they really do, it is much more comfortable for them. Chicken feet are not designed to wrap around a branch like many other birds' are. They can do it, and sometimes will to get a high spot, but it is not the most comfy way to rest for them.​
     

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