My girls use their nesting boxes as a roost

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by [email protected], Sep 1, 2011.


    [email protected] Hatching

    Sep 22, 2010
    ok - I have all new girls and they are roosting on top of their nesting boxes which is nasty. The bedding in the boxes is covered with poop and once they start laying eggs it will not be an ideal situation.

    Any suggestions for changing this behavior? We are going to try to build an impediment on top of the nesting boxes to change this. Not sure if it will work. [​IMG]
  2. DirtCreature

    DirtCreature Songster

    Aug 8, 2011
    Olympia, Washington
    thats what we did, we just put a board up above the top boxes at an angle, and it stopped them for the most part... let me see if i can find a picture for you.

  3. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    We did something similar and put it on hinges so that I could use the top for storage. I have two heat lamps, a couple of chick waterers and some other random farm stuff stashed up there. The girls tried to roost on top the first night but quickly gave up after they figured out they were just sliding off. I'm sure you will find a great solution!

  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Pliny, West Virgina
    I had a similar problem with the last flock HOWEVER I have 45 new pullets this year and they have not once offered to roost in the nest. I did what everyone else said... I just blocked it off and they got used to roosting on the roost for several months. Now they never even consider it. I can imagine it would be difficult to change their habits once they begin to lay.
  5. lcammack

    lcammack Chirping

    Jul 15, 2011
    If your girls are young and not at laying age block off the nest boxes with cardboard etc. The angled roof over nests is a perfect solution just make sure it is angled enough. Then make sure if you can that the roosts are higher then the nest boxes. They like to be up as high as they can get. Hope this helps, good luck.

    [email protected] Hatching

    Sep 22, 2010
    lowering the nesting boxes may help. Right now they are the same height as the roosting spot. I had no problem with my last group of birds but these behave totally different.

    Thanks for all of the advice!
  7. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY

    Even though we put an angled top on the nest boxes, they still managed to roost there so we added this very steep board to the top. Also, make sure your roost is higher than the boxes. They really like to get up there [​IMG]
  8. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    I added aluminum flashing on an angled top. Some wing prints and scratch lines but no roosting.

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