1. SC-ChickMom

    SC-ChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  2. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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