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poop in nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jaygood787, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Jaygood787

    Jaygood787 In the Brooder

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    some of my hens perch on the edge of there nest box at night. Which leads to them getting nasty.. I have an idea that the openings to the boxes are a little big 14x14 .
    I think the perch has enough room on it. The perch is square , maby it would help to make it a tree branch? Any ideas:cool:
     
  2. maizey

    maizey Songster

    make sure your roosts are higher than the nest boxes.. they will want to perch on the highest thing they can
     
  3. sens-5

    sens-5 Songster

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    mine do the same i will put the roost higher as well thanks for the info maizey
     
  4. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Songster

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    my three youngest and their sissy roo sleep IN the nest boxes...
     
  5. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

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    My flock did this once due to an error on my part.

    Make sure the roost:
    * is higher than the nest box
    * has easy access via ramp or lower perch or ground
    * is free of drafts
     
  6. certifiedchef

    certifiedchef Songster

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    I have had this same issue, except our box is an exterior mount so maybe they are being lazy and hanging in the nest box and pooping?
     

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