nest boxing help!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jason180sx, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. jason180sx

    jason180sx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi
    i have 8 chicken and went i got them at 3-6 weeks old and they allways sleped together and thery are 15-18 weeks old now and they all sleep together and i have a roost but they sleep in three boxs
    help please
    thanks
     
  2. msbee

    msbee Out Of The Brooder

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    take the boxes out for now. They don't need them just yet. After dark, manually put them on the roost. After a few days, they'll get the hang of it.
     
  3. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a reason they should not sleep together? Mine do that too but I just thought it was normal....
     
  4. jason180sx

    jason180sx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok thanks
     
  5. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problems with them huddling together. But if they sleep in the nest boxes, they get really poopy. Then when they start laying, might have poopy eggs.

    You can block the nest boxes off. I used a cardbord box and kept it blocked for a week and they began roosting and laying soon therafter.
     
  6. jason180sx

    jason180sx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:but will the hen still lay with all the other chickens with her
     
  7. msbee

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    They can snuggle on the roost together.

    If you have a laying hen, then I agree with covering the nest box at night. You'll have to uncover it early in the am so as to make it available to the hen.

    You just don't want them sleeping/poooping in the nest box.
     
  8. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:but will the hen still lay with all the other chickens with her

    Some will. I have seen 2 hens in 1 box with 2 eggs laid at the same time. They don't seem to notice the cramped quarters.

    I just worry when mine 2 go broody together that they will overheat with 2 in the one box for a prolonged time.
     

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