Serious this time - nestbox issue - PLEASE advise!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    126
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Okay, I'm running into a serious nestbox/broody box issue and I need ideas.

    Here's my setup - I have/had five nestboxes in the baby coop.

    One is a large dog travel crate, with a door. My SF is broody in that one and she's not a problem. She has food and water right in front of her and I let her out once a day for her constitutional. All is fine there.

    Three are large, covered kitty litter boxes. One has a broody silkie in it and she's not a problem. The meatie pullets can't fit into that one, they don't even try. The silkie is able to keep the other pullets out using nothing but her bluff. That leaves two other boxes for the non-broody pullets to use.

    One is an extra large wire dog crate and that's the problem box. One of my silkies has gone broody in it. I've tried moving her at night but come the next morning she's back in the crate again. This is the only nestbox big enough for the meaties (four of em) to use.

    These wire crates cost around $100 and even if I could afford another one right now, which I can't, I don't know where I'd put it in the coop. Until the first of the month, even another travel kennel would be out of the question.

    If I could lock the silkie in the crate there wouldn't be a problem. I could put food and water right in front of her. I wouldn't have to worry about the meaties climbing in with her and possibly breaking her eggs. I can't lock her in though, because then the meaties wouldn't have a place to lay their eggs.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,804
    1,289
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    How about a big cardboard box for the meaties to use? Sounds like the silkie isn't going to give up the crate easily.
     
  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    8,427
    15
    263
    Aug 3, 2009
    Quote:Yep, Kat, in a pinch, any port in a storm, right?
    Your little silkie really is being a pistol, isn't she?
    I wish you lived closer, I have a huge collection of crates/cages just because I never know when I'm going to need them.
     
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote:Yep, Kat, in a pinch, any port in a storm, right?
    Your little silkie really is being a pistol, isn't she?
    I wish you lived closer, I have a huge collection of crates/cages just because I never know when I'm going to need them.

    I have to 3rd this.



    A few of my girls decided they like the avon boxes my neighbor gets - 12x16 - I let them lay or brood in them and toss when falling apart or icky.
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    126
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Okay, I have a large box leftover from a certain someone sending me an incubator (that along with sourland's chants caused all this broody mania). I'll set that up for the meaties this afternoon and hope they can figure it out. [​IMG] Meaties aren't the brightest crayons in the box ya know. [​IMG]
     
  6. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    Maine
    I am just going to add that you should put a heavy rock in the botom and then cover it generously with bedding so that when they try to sit on the side it doesn't tip over and dump all of the contents on the floor... LOL... Ask me how I know! Hehe... Stubborn broodies! Although, I don't think that there is anything that I wouldn't give for one right now! LOL
     
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,804
    1,289
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I'd put the box on it's side with one of the flaps taped up to create a lip. (cut it down if it's too high)
     
  8. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,596
    18
    173
    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    Shoot, anything will work. A box will work but may not last long. Go to Walmart and get a milk crate. They use them for filing and they are all different colors. I have 3 of those and my Light Brahmas can fit in them. They are a big bird. I just set them down and add some hay to them. Done deal. If you lived near me I would make you some....... lol.
     
  9. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    My bannys have a swing that they lay in, it's a milk crate tied to the cage roof with straw in it.[​IMG]
     
  10. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,353
    29
    203
    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    Craigslist in your area for dog crates. I see them all the time cheap real cheap.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by