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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reksat, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. reksat

    reksat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering when I should let my 14 week old chics have access to the boxes in order to get ready for laying.Right now i have them blocked off to keep them from maybe roosting or something else. Any suggestions would be fine. Thanks.
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I would wait until 17-18 weeks.
     
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can leave them blocked until you see signs of getting ready to lay. red combs, egg squat, etc. you may have 2-4 weeks+ still to go.
     
  4. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I waited until they were 17 weeks but that was not by choice really, I was busy doing everything else and then realized they were all doing the egg squat, then the next day I found one egg lol. so the nest boxes went in immediately!! :) good luck


    Ema
     
  5. reksat

    reksat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone for the quick responses. Thats what i needed to find out. This site is so helpful with lots of info for news chic owners like myself;)
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011
  6. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FWIW, I didn't block my ext nest boxes at all. They had no interest in them until about 2-3 weeks before laying, but that was just mostly peering in to take some notes on which one was better.
     

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