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pooping in nesting box

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Flachickman, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Flachickman

    Flachickman Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2014
    My 2 " girls" are 2 years old and are in their second molt. All of a sudden instead of eggs in the nesting box ,every day I find a fresh pile of poop. It's like they're defying me. I guess I could block the entrance to the box till they got back to laying. It has been 4 weeks. I actually had to buy eggs . Horrors !
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I have this trouble every year, it seems to be the same hens every year, it seems to start with the molt and continues out of habit, I think they are uncomfortable on the roosts, if no one is laying than I would block all the nestboxes for a few weeks and hopefully they forget about doing it.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    oldhenlikesdogs has a good point there.

    Are they sleeping in the nests at night instead of on the roosts?
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    X3.....sounds like some nest sleepers. I, too, notice some hens tend to hunker down in the nest during molt, it is dark, safe and comforting to them.

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