Nesting box/Sleeping area Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by goldntoller, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. goldntoller

    goldntoller Out Of The Brooder

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    Jun 18, 2007
    This year I decided to add a few hens to my zoo. I started with three, 2 ended up being roosters. Sent the two back, got two more, started getting eggs, thought this was just dandy and last week I added 3 more 3 month old pullets bringing the total chicken population to 6. The older ones (May/June hatch) are being good girls and roosting where they are suppose to. The new pullets have decided that squishing into the nest box is a fine place to sleep. Needless to say they are making a mess in there and my previous spotless eggs are now messy too [​IMG]

    So - any suggestions on how I can convince the new girls where they are suppose to sleep? I only have one nest box since it was enough for the three girls. I have plans to add another but figured I had a couple of months since the new ones won't be laying for a bit. I'll move those plans up but things are busy with xmas so I'm not sure when I can knock one together.

    For the new nest box, the FAQ says 12" square is good for large breeds - any comments on that?

    Pictures of the girls and their coop-mates can be seen at:
    http://pets.webshots.com/album/560480458vxbPKF

    Thanks!

    Donna
    1 Australorp, 1 Americana X(feathered legs), 1 New Hamspire Red X, 1 Barred Rock, 2 RIR, 4 Call Ducks, 8 Pigeons, 1 Golden Retriever, 4 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrieves, 1 Mindy
     
  2. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    Shut the nesting box at night. Chickens don't lay in the evening/night, so if you are an early riser, go open the nest box before light. Should only take a few days for them to get a new hang out.
     

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