Need some nesting box help

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by aggie2013, Dec 9, 2016.

  1. aggie2013

    aggie2013 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2016
    So I bought a one of the pre designed set up at home chicken coops from Atwoods. It works wonderfully except for one problem. The nesting boxes and roosts are at the same level. Guess where my girls prefer to sleep? As a result my nesting boxes are very nasty no matter how much I try to keep them cleaned out. Any suggestions for how to retrain my girls? I know it's a habit that is hard to break.

    Heres a link for what it looks like. (Also I should note that I didnt spend 800 on it. I wanted the smaller version for 200 and they gave me this one instead)
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    I have the same problem, not that my nesting boxes are the same level as the roosts, but the lowest in the pecking order try to sleep by themselves. The only think that has worked is by blocking them off at night (with card board, a bucket, or wood) and opening them back up in the morning.
  3. Yes, blocking them off will train them to Roost instead of cuddle down........

  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    First of all, can you raise up the roosts at all? Secondly, are the roosts wide enough to accommodate the size of your birds' feet? Most prefab coops have tiny roosts that just aren't comfortable for large breed hens.
  5. 2x4s flat side up work the best.........

  6. aggie2013

    aggie2013 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2016
    Should I block them off entirely for now? No one is laying at the moment because of the time of year. (Lazy freeloaders)

    The roosts are about 2 inches wide and 4 foot long. However they prefer the roost on the tiny 1/2in wide guard for the nesting boxes. The roosts cant really be moved at all.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016
  7. Yes, block them off and use 2x4s...........
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