Roos and Hens pooping and perching in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by katie197888, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. katie197888

    katie197888 Out Of The Brooder

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    We hatched a flock of 6 roos and 6 hens in october. Only have 3 roos now but all 9 chickens almost always perch on the nesting boxes, and poop in them constantly and I don't want to go digging in it for eggs unless I have gloves! On top of that its so funny..I'll have to put a picure up, sometimes all 9 are resting in 4 boxes even though we have 8 boxes. How can I keep the roos from perching on the boexs and pooping in them!

    Thanks!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Are the roosts higher than the nest boxes? Are the roosts easy to get to??? You can always block off the nest boxes in the PM if needed (cardboard or chicken wire).
     
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    Kansas
    Mine do this but I am working on getting mine into a bigger coop. can they get to the roost, I would block off your nest boxes at night so they can't get into them and maybe put them on the roost the 1st couple of nights I had to do this with my 1st flock they where used to sleeping on the floor.
     
  4. katie197888

    katie197888 Out Of The Brooder

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    The roost is very easy to get to. They are probably doing this because we had the nesting boxes built before the roost. And they don't just do it at night, they do it all day! Out of all 9 MAYBE just maybe there is 1 or 2 on the roost sometimes when I go into the coop.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Even if they do this during the day, I'd block them off each evening (just for about a week). And each evening, I'd go out and place each bird on the roost (once again, should only need to do this for about a week) that didn't make it up there. They'll learn.
     
  6. katie197888

    katie197888 Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome [​IMG] I'll give it a try, thank you!
     

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