New chicken mom!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jboo, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Jboo

    Jboo Just Hatched

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    Hey everyone just joined been using backyardchicken for several weeks now since getting chickens! We have a small flock of 4 they are about 10 weeks now and doing well in their coop my kids love them! They all seem to like to huddle in one nesting box but they will get it.... still leaning!
     

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  2. PatrickRoo

    PatrickRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are very beautiful chickens you've got there! :D Also, :welcome You'll like it here!
     
  3. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Egg Grower Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Do you have a place for them to roost in the coop?
    You could block off the nesting box for now so they don't get use to hanging out or sleeping in it.
     
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  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and the poultry keeping adventure!
    Best box sleeping can be a bad habit and one that leads to issues layer wien they stay to lay. A sleeping birds expels a lot of waste....sleeping in the nest box means this leads to a nest full of poop and, later, poopy eggs. To break the habit either block of the boxes until they are in the habit of roosting and ready to start laying *or* go out at dusk and physically move them out of the nest and onto the roost so they get the idea. Are your best boxes higher or lower than the roost?
     
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  5. PatrickRoo

    PatrickRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I had to do to my pullets, droppings would get in the box and stink up the coop. It's also unhealthy for a lot poop to be in the nesting box.
     
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  6. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! And congratulations on your flock! To help mine learn to use the roost, I would put them up on it every evening for a while. It didn't take them long to figure it out :)
     
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  7. Jboo

    Jboo Just Hatched

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    yes just need to teach them to use it!
     
  8. Jboo

    Jboo Just Hatched

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    The roost is higher than the boxes, thanks for the great tips!
     
  9. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Egg Grower Premium Member Project Manager

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    You may want to check out this video.
    It will help you to learn how to navigate this site.
     
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