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  1. bigmac03

    bigmac03 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]OK,
     I HAVE 21-22 WK OLD REDSTARS THAT HAVE JUST STARTED TO LAY RIGHT NOW THEY ARE STARTING TO LAY ON THE GROUND MY NESTING BOXES ARE APROX. 2 1/2 FT OFF THE GROUND I HAVE HAY AND CERAMIC EGGS IN THEM AND THEY ARE NOT LAYING IN THEM THEY ARE APROX 12X12 BOXES. I THINK MY PERCH ON THE FRONT IS TO CLOSE TO THE NESTING BOXES AND ITS HARD FOR THEM TO GET UP THERE. ANY HELP WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED i have included a pic of the front of my nesting boxes
     
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  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    My nest boxes are 12"x12"x12" (plastic milk crates) with a board similar to yours and they can accommodate 2 golden comet hens at once to lay their eggs.

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  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    How far are the nests off the roost? They need at least 18" or more to make the leap. I think yours are big girls like mine and they need wing flap room to get up. If can't change, maybe add a ladder to the nests?

    If the openings are 12 x 12 with the height of the front board, the opening may be a little small? Maybe change to a shorter one?
     
  4. bigmac03

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    Sunflour
    You are talking about changing to a shorter front board to make the opening to the boxes bogger right?
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Yes. And if you thing roost to nest distance is enough, maybe add a landing in front of that board like post #2.
     
  6. chasiekitten12

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    Ok I would try to pick one up (if they will let you) and put them in a box. That way they may not be able to get there alone but teach them to lay there. You might need to move the roost.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  7. bigmac03

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    There is aproxx 26-30" of distance between roost and boxes
     
  8. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They may need a extra foot or so.
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I think that's not the problem, they should be able to get up there, but the current board in front of boxes may not be enough landing room?
     
  10. bigmac03

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    What size opening should they have to enter the nesting boxes
     

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