Poop...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TnChickHen, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    120
    1
    91
    Jun 14, 2011
    TN
    Ok, so I moved our coop due to an infestation of bugs and yuckies and sickies.... Now, last night, I put in new nesting boxes (made from a ladder and some plywood) and they STILL poop in the boxes! What is going on!? how can I get them to quit? I've got 3 roosting poles. Our new coop isn't completely done yet, but getting there. Any advice??
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    8,696
    233
    316
    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Are they very young chickens? Sometimes they do grow out of it and start roosting.......Or, you could cover the boxes at night and then open them up in the morning.......
     
  3. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

    10,910
    11
    271
    Feb 20, 2011
    WI
    They will always poop in their nesting boxes. You just have to clean it out once a week.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I agree with Chicmom if they're young birds...many feel more secure cuddled into next boxes at night. Even with adults, you can cover them each evening when you go to check on your birds, and then remove the covers each morning. Break them of the habit though - nobody likes to find poop mixed in with eggs. I've picked no more than a few pieces of poo from nest boxes over the past two years - teach them now that it's not an option.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,889
    1,390
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Are the roosts higher than the nest boxes?
     
  6. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    120
    1
    91
    Jun 14, 2011
    TN
    Some are young, some are not. The older ones, like my rooster and a couple of BOs, sit on the roosting poles. How would I go about covering them at night? just a piece of plastic or what? and how do I break them of this awful habit? If I put anything on top of the boxes, they seem to crap right on top of whatever that is (be it a piece of wood or hard plastic lid to a bin or something.) I'm stumped, and a little irritated by it.
     
  7. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Do you have a pic of how your nest boxes are situated??? I used cardboard to cover mine - but mine are only open at the front, not the top. For you, maybe chicken wire sections - I doubt they'd like to perch on top of wiggly wobbly wire.
     
  8. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    120
    1
    91
    Jun 14, 2011
    TN
    I'll catch a picture in a second, but they are open on top. Could that be the issue???? I might just put some chicken wire on top of it, i have plenty of it. Although my DH might look at me like i'm a nut case, oh well! haha
     
  9. TnChickHen

    TnChickHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    120
    1
    91
    Jun 14, 2011
    TN
    Here is a picture of our nesting boxes:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Oh yeah...I can see them roosting there and pooping because it's really more like a shelf than actual boxes. You can try just laying a long, narrow sheet of chicken wire over them (kind of like putting foil on the counters to discourage cats from jumping up there). The wire will probably discourage them simply because it's uncomfortable. If that doesn't work, you may need to build nest boxes that are actual boxes, or some folks even use covered cat litter boxes, or the 5 gallon buckets laid on their sides w/half a lid. Hope the wire works for you.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by