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Pooping in Nest Box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Alagrace, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. Alagrace

    Alagrace Out Of The Brooder

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    HI, I stated a bad habit for my girls! My not yet laying pullets were roosting right on the perch to the nest boxes since I didn't know this was a problem until reading more about it, so last week I blocked them off and built two other higher perches for them to roost on. Does anyone know how long I need to block them off for this new perching/behavior to set in? They are about 6.5 months old, so I don't want to block them off too long as I don't want them to start laying somewhere else, but I also don't want really dirty eggs. Thanks.
     
  2. RizzosPeeps

    RizzosPeeps New Egg

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    They should naturally seek the highest roosting point. I have had a similar problem, I blocked off the nesting boxes at night for a few days at a time, then tested one night leaving them open. I also put a "curtain" in front of the nesting box entrance to make them less tempting during the day, it seemed to help. Good luck!
     
  3. Alagrace

    Alagrace Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I think that was our main problem. When we got the coop, the main perch was two feet lower then the nest box perch, so I made them a foot higher, with a ramp going up. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    You could always just block them off during the night, and leave them open during the daytime
     
  5. Alagrace

    Alagrace Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, good point. I didn't even think of that! I will do that.
     

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