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Perch and nest boxes.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mrs Clutterbuck, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Mrs Clutterbuck

    Mrs Clutterbuck Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband threw together a coop without looking into it too deeply. The problem I have is that the girls prefer to go up to the nest boxes to sleep and avoid the perch. I usually have to go and lift them down into the perch area or they will poop where they lay. I have 3 Brown Shavers, about 24weeks old. The perch is made from 2x4" timber.
    Do you think this is normal, a design fault, or a behavioural problem? What should I do about it?
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2011
  2. seanb

    seanb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your perches should be higher than your nest boxes. I'm not an expert but in my limited experience, my chickens always roost as high as they can. Hopefully it's not a lot of work for you to reverse your situation and have your roosts higher than the nest boxes.
     
  3. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, what seanb said!
     
  4. Mrs Clutterbuck

    Mrs Clutterbuck Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow [​IMG], thank you so much for that info, this is why I joined BYC. I'm sure I can rearrange the coop, question is now will that affect the laying habits as they have been laying up there?
     
  5. grauerholzfarm

    grauerholzfarm Out Of The Brooder

    My nests have a bar to perch on to get into the nests. I have like an elbow joint on the perches so they can be lifted, blocking any poultry from getting in them. I usually do this around 6 before my babies try to get in the nests
     
  6. Mrs Clutterbuck

    Mrs Clutterbuck Out Of The Brooder

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    Good idea, thanks:D I will have to go back to the drawing board.
     

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