Nestboxes

SC-ChickMom

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 21, 2011
194
7
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Lexington
I have 8 pullets that are almost 10 weeks old. I do not have nesting boxes in the coop yet. When do you think is a good time to add them? Thanks
 

Linn Bee

Songster
8 Years
Oct 30, 2011
426
3
119
South-est, central-est WI
I suspect it is too early for a nesting box. When I first put mine in, I found pullets sleeping in the boxes. Then I had cleaning to do daily.

Find out the 'average' egging date for your breed and set the boxes no sooner than about a month early. That will give them time to get used to the nests without too long a wait for you. Also, it is a good idea to put fake "eggs" into the nests as a clue where they should lay their eggs. Some use golf balls, plastic eggs, wooden eggs, etc. The idea is to make the nesting box(es) look like a save place for layers.

My hens laid their first egg a good 4 months after hatching.
 

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