nest box access

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jasonbennett1, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. jasonbennett1

    jasonbennett1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure if this should go here or raising baby chicks forum. I am going to put my first chicks out into the coop here soon and I was wondering if I should block off access to the nesting boxes until they are old enough to lay eggs. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Country Guy John

    Country Guy John Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I waited until about 2 weeks before they were due to start laying before I put my nest in the coop so that they could get used to the nest before laying.
     
  3. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put them in early, and put a few fake eggs in the boxes. It gives them the idea that the boxes are a good place to lay eggs, and that the eggs aren't something to eat. We used golf balls, even though we have brown-egg layers, and it still worked.
     

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