In the Brooder
- Apr 13, 2011
So...I have been checking on my 4 month old pullets every night now for the past few days, and I catch the same two Golden Comets sleeping in the nesting boxes. I have 6 chickens total, and plenty of roosting space. The roosts are up much higher than the nest boxes, yet the pullets sleep there anyway. Last night I blocked off the nest boxes so they'd have to sleep on the roosts (they've already begun laying, so I have to make sure the nest boxes are unblocked in the morning)...I went out to check on them, and while four of my girls were sleeping on the roost, one pullet Shelly was wide awake wandering around, which was unusual, and my other pullet Priscilla was sleeping outside, even though it was starting to get chilly out. I don't want them sleeping outside but it gets too hot to lock them in. How do I teach them to lay in the nest box but sleep on the roost? Should I worry if they sleep outside, even though they never have before? I'm very confused!