Poop in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by OkChickens, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    How do I stop my chickens from pooping/roosting in my nesting boxes instead of the roosts?

    -Nate
     
  2. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Are your roosts higher than the nest boxes? If not you'll have to move them up.

    I had one broody hen that wanted to sleep in the nest boxes. Each night when I locked up the coop I'd take her out and put her on the roost. Took a few days but she finally got it.
     
  3. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I have 2 metal 10 galvanized aluminum nesting boxes and the roosts are about 1-2 inches lower than the edge of the nesting boxes? How do I "raise them up?"

    -Nate
     
  4. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Are you using the bottom of the nesting box for your roosts? If I'm hearing you right you are. Those are not meant for a bird to roost on, just to help them step up into their boxes. They'll naturally want to roost in the highest spot in the coop.
    Find yourself a 2 x 4 and place it wide side up somewhere away from a draft in your coop. Pics would be nice so we'd know exactly what kind of set up you have.
     
  5. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are your roosts set in now?
     
  6. OrloffTom

    OrloffTom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I wasn't really having a problem with them pooping in my boxes but sleeping in there. So, mine weren't laying yet so I covered up the boxes for a couple days until they figured it out lol. I removed the covers and as far as I know they don't sleep in there anymore but I do find some poop in there from time to time. I think sometimes it's one of those "nature calls" things and they just can't help it [​IMG]
     
  7. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I have regular metal nesting boxes with the roosts about 6 inches in front of the boxes... I can't post pics I'm on my phone or at least I don't know how to...

    -Nate
     
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    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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  9. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    They are made with the roosts attached to the nesting boxes
     
  10. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Are you pulling my chain?
     

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