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Roosters in the nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rocket Raley, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. Rocket Raley

    Rocket Raley Songster

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    Hi, my babies (OEGB) in the tractor are 23 wks old today. Last weekend I built their nesting boxes and until last night, they acted like they weren't there. So I picked up Melody and put her in one of them. She made the weirdest loudest noise I ever heard. She jump down and ran out the tractor to the others and told them all about it.

    I was dissapointed and was thinking she didn't like the boxes. Well today I went out there and they all were in the boxes. 3 roosters and two hens. (I know, I have too many roosters and can't seem to find them a home)

    How do I keep the roosters out. I tried talking to them but they are stubborn and looked at me like I was an idoit. So did my husband [​IMG]
     
  2. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    That's funny:lau I know my roosters will show a young hen just starting to lay where to lay her eggs. I learned this by watching a roo fuss over a young hen and he kept digging a hole in the shavings for her until she laid her egg. I could never get her to lay in the nesting boxes. She always went back to the same spot the roo showed her. I would put my hens in the boxes when I felt they were ready to lay an egg and they have all learned except the little white frizzle who still goes to HER spot picked out by her roo. Maybe the roos where trying to tell the girls that the nest boxes were where they were to lay their eggs. With that many roos, the girls should get the idea real quick. [​IMG]
    Gayle
     

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