Naughty chickens put to bed.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by greenmulberry, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So two of my chickens, Silkie (who is merely a mixed silkie) and Brown Chicken, have taken to sleeping in the nest boxes all of the sudden. They just like to keep me guessing I think. This pooping in the nest box has got to stop. I tried blocking the entrance at night with cardboard, they just shoved it out of the way. I think I may have to add a door on a hinge that I can drop every night for a while to block them out if this doesn't work.

    I thought they didn't like being on the lower roost, which is slightly below the level of the nest boxes.

    So last Sunday I put a nice new high roost in the middle of the coop. They didn't immediately take to it.

    Tonight when I went to close them up from free ranging, I opened the nest box drop door and what do I see?

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    So I boot them out, and they hop to the roost in front of the nest box, where they used to happily cuddle together and roost for the night.

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    They spot the new roost!

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    Brown Chicken is the most bold, and hops up. Will Silkie join her pal?

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    I dunno, the nest box is terribly tempting. Who wouldn't prefer to bed down in nice nests with purple plastic easter eggs?

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    Finally she hops up.

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    I took another shot of Silkie's fluffy belly on the roost with the camera in the nest box.

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  2. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nice work!
     

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