My younger chicks all sleep in a nesting box.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Arve, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Arve

    Arve Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2012
    My younger chicks all about 10 weeks old all
    cram into one nesting box in the evening and looks like they
    stay there all night. Is this normal? I have 2 older birds that are now just
    laying so I can't block them off. What should I do, wait and see if they get interested
    In the roosting bars?
  2. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have three adult chickens and non of them roost. The all cram together in one nest box. My broody is in there hatching eggs too. The seem to like it so I leave them to it.
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Nothing says you can't block them off just before roosting time and open it up first thing in the morning. A pain, more work. The alternative is to place the on the roost ever night till they get the idea.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    That is common with young babies to want to sleep in nest boxes. You can block the boxes off at night just as everybody is going to roost. Nobody will be laying eggs in the dark. Just make sure to remove the "blockage" to the nest boxes in the morning. And don't worry if you get there too late and a hen needs to lay. I have seen my girls pinch off eggs for 4 hours waiting to get into a box. LOL

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