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poo in the nest boxes ??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ldrwnorman47, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. ldrwnorman47

    ldrwnorman47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 nice sized nest boxes, the hens poop in them all the time. I cant seem to keep them cleaned out. I built 4 new ones and No Poo. What can I do?
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Do they roost in them at night? They will always go for the highest possible spot to roost. If the nest boxes are higher then the roosts they will sleep in them overnight. That could be your poo problem.
     
  3. ldrwnorman47

    ldrwnorman47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a roost that runs from the floor to the ceiling. I didnt used to have that tall of one tho. If they are in there at night how can i keep them out? My nest boxes are only 18 inches off the floor
     
  4. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    are they laying? If you can block the nest boxes so they cant get in they might get used to sleeping on the roosts. That is, if you can stand picking eggs off the floor.
     
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    are they laying? If you can block the nest boxes so they cant get in they might get used to sleeping on the roosts. That is, if you can stand picking eggs off the floor.
     
  6. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    oops, double post [​IMG]
     
  7. ldrwnorman47

    ldrwnorman47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are laying. I think I might try blocking them off for a couple nights..I dont prefer to pick eggs up off the ground I will only block those few off. Thanks for that idea!
     
  8. 88heather

    88heather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a new coop with chicks about 12 weeks or so and they are ALL sleeping in the nesting box!.. so poop all over.. Guess I need to work on their perch.. I'm in the middle of tweaking a built coop I got.. thanks for the idea![​IMG].. surely don't want grown hens all sleeping in the nesting boxes! [​IMG]
     

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