pooping in nesting box

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

  1. Flachickman

    Flachickman Chirping

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    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 Chicken tender Premium Member

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    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! Premium Member

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    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

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    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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