nest box access

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

  1. jasonbennett1

    jasonbennett1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2009
    North Central Florida
    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

    Apr 30, 2008
    South Carolina
    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

    Jul 22, 2008
    N'rn Wisconsin
    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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