Sacrificial chicken

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Usbaldings, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Usbaldings

    Usbaldings New Egg

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    I am completely new to chicken keeping. Got them yesterday. I have been reading books and mags for months and getting prepared but now I have them and I feel totally unprepared. After worrying they aren't eating I am now worried that my swish house I've bought for them is no good because they are all framing themselves into the nesting boxes and not sitting on the nice little perches. Can I block off the nest boxes at night or will they explode with un-laid eggs. Is this just coz they are unsettled? Should I raise the perches some how and send a snotty email to the supplier telling them there house are not Made correctly. It is one with a nest box on the side. Please advise.
     
  2. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your chickens? If they aren't laying eggs yet they shouldn't be able to get in the nesting boxes. And WELCOME!!
     
  3. Usbaldings

    Usbaldings New Egg

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    Oh really! They are point of lay. The chap from the suppliers said they should begin laying in 3 weeks, so I had better block off the nest boxes?
     
  4. Usbaldings

    Usbaldings New Egg

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    Thanks for welcome and advice.
     
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are point of lay they should have access to the nest boxes during the day. Block them before roosting time and unblock them in the morning. If the perches are lower then the nest boxes move them higher then the boxes if you can. They like to roost high.
     
  6. Usbaldings

    Usbaldings New Egg

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    Thank you very much for you advice. We will do that.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If the roosts are lower than the nest boxes, raise them. Chickens generally like to roost at the highest point possible. If you block off the nest boxes, your chickens will not 'explode'. [​IMG] They will simply find another spot to lay.
     
  8. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly. I would block off the nest till I knew they were laying. My roost are at three different levels. The older one go to the top roost. The younger one get on the second one. They aren't allowed on the top yet. [​IMG]
     

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