nesting boxes

mtinney

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jan 12, 2014
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My 6 golden comets are 7 weeks old and have moved out to their coop and run. The coop has two nesting boxes. I blocked off the nesting boxes thinking they don't need them now and they will just dirty them. Plus they need to learn how to roost. Am I doing the right thing or should I let them have access to the nesting boxes now?
 

azelgin

Songster
12 Years
Jan 18, 2008
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S.E. AZ
You're doing the right thing. Its very hard to stop them from roosting in the nest boxes, once they get started. It's the biggest hassle I have, when adding new pullets to my older flock. I can't block off the nest, or my other hens will lay on the coop floor. I have to go out after dark and toss the youngsters out of the nests. It upsets them and me.
 

mtinney

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jan 12, 2014
23
2
34
Thank you for giving me confidence in what I am doing. I read in another article that I should open up the next boxes when they are 17 weeks old. In the meantime they can learn how to roost.
 
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