Nest boxes poop problems

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mummys girls, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. mummys girls

    mummys girls New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Nov 22, 2016
    Stevenage
    Hello fellow hen lovers.
    I'm new to the site.
    I have a small issue with my girls pooping in the nest boxes. How can I stop this from happening. I have some good roosting perches for them they just won't use them.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,987
    9,881
    766
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Are the roost bars higher than the nest boxes? If not can you move them higher or lower the nest boxes ? Chickens tend to roost at the highest point possible. If all else fails try blocking the nest boxes in the evening so that they can not get into them.
     
  3. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,554
    451
    186
    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    [​IMG]

    I agree the roost bards should be higher than the nest boxes. Also make sure you have enough space for all your birds on the roost bars. Minimum you want is 1 ft per bird (you can get away with less if they are bantams but you need more if they are one of the bigger breeds). Sometimes the top birds can get pushy with those lower in the pecking order and will force them off the roosts if there isn't plenty of room.
     
  4. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

    952
    140
    151
    Jul 9, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    I think this is in regards to chickens - I've never done it, but read that when introducing chickens to a new coop, you should remove nesting boxes for the first few days or weeks? to get them accustomed to roosting or else.. They will mess up their nest boxes :p

    So perhaps you need to remove the nest boxes until after they've started to roost, making sure they can reach the roost easily.

    Also could be colder on the roost than in the nesting box, perhaps check for drafts?
     
  5. jojackc

    jojackc Out Of The Brooder

    60
    6
    21
    Aug 18, 2016
    Not sure if you realized this but you posted this in the quail section. Not sure how much help you will get posting this question here Quail don't roost.
     
  6. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

    2,419
    2,207
    291
    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Are they young birds or moulting? Young birds sometimes need you to put them on the roost each night until they get that's where they are supposed to be. You can block off access to the boxes at night too with a piece of ply or something similar. If they are moulting they can feel very sore and miserable so just can't be bothered jumping up, so will tuck themselves up in a nestbox. I cut mine some slack when they do that.
     
  7. rita2paul

    rita2paul Chillin' With My Peeps

    235
    20
    111
    Aug 31, 2011
    mine like to sleep in the nest box, i just pick the poo out each day, some will roost but some like the boxes. i leave them to choose. it's no bother taking out the poo. they seem to like to lay the eggs in one box and sleep in the others. so the eggs stay clean.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by