Nesting box to sleep in?

PremisesMC

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Hi I noticed on here (Somewhere) that somebody said they would never let their chickens sleep in the nesting box, is there a reason for this? or is it just a behavour thing?
Mine do and I suppose apart from pooping in the nesting area nothing else goes on! is it right or wrong I guess i'm asking (in a round about way)
 

DanEP

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You hit it right on the head a poopy nest box makes for poopy eggs and a lot more work trying to clean the nest boxes. I would try a couple of things, first make sure that your roosts are higher than the boxes and block the nest boxes off at night. It won't take long for them to start roosting instead of trying to sleep in the boxes. You didn't say how old your girls are but if their not laying yet just close the boxes till their almost ready to lay by then the should be roosting and not wanting to sleep in the boxes. If they are laying you will have to close your boxes at night and open them in the mornings till you get them retrained but in the long run it will save you a lot of cleaning and give you much cleaner eggs.
 
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Red Barn Farms

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I agree with DanEP. If the hens are not laying age yet I'd close the boxes off. Are your roosts located very close to the laying boxes? I'd think it better if they were on opposite sides from one another and the boxes in a dark corner.
 

Happy Chooks

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In addition to poopy nests, once chickens are in the habit of doing something, it is almost impossible to get them out of doing it. They are very much creatures of habit.
 
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