1. UncleDuncle

    UncleDuncle New Egg

    Jul 28, 2013
    So, in the section on "Nesting Boxes" the last paragraph says not to put the boxes too high and definitely not higher than the roost because you will have chickens sleeping in the nesting boxes. Is this a problem? I thought that is what the boxes were for. Please enlighten me.
  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2013
    if they sleep in the nesting boxes the bedding material can become soiled with poop. you don't want their eggs being laid in soiled bedding.
  3. WYNot

    WYNot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2013
    Casstown, OH
    Nesting boxes are for laying eggs then getting out or going broody. Roosts are for sleeping.
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    A hen roosting in a nest box is like an Armor Canned Ham, she is a sitting duck so to speak, just waiting on something that's hungry and has sharp teeth to come along and drag her out.

    At least if all your poultry roosts on the roost poles there is a better chance that a night time incursion will raise a general alarm and that might allow the hens' keeper to intervene in a timely manner.

    Old dried chicken you know what in a nest box is also a nifty place for Chicken Mites to hide under during the day. If the girls roost in the nest boxes that means that you have got to stick your hand in there to get either the *&$% or the eggs out. Each to his own I always say, but I much prefer to shovel poo than to handle poo with my hands.

    Finally you must decide if you prefer your morning eggs with or without a side order of chicken poo. If you said the latter then don't allow your hens to roost in the nest boxes.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013

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