Sleeping chickens!

t_williams8

In the Brooder
11 Years
Oct 7, 2008
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0
22
Downingtown, PA
It appears our chickens are not sleeping on the roost but rather in the nests. They are still laying eggs but the are making a mess of the nests. Is this a problem and how do you recommend I get them to sleep on the roost or elsewhere.

Ty
 

Rte.66_chicks

Songster
11 Years
Feb 22, 2008
869
4
149
Kingman, AZ


Pick them out of the nest boxes and put them on the roost. Most of mine use the roost now, but I am still fighting with one stubborn hen. It may take a week or two. From what I have read on here, it's best if the roosts are higher than the nest boxes, because they like to roost as high as they can.
 
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digitS'

Songster
12 Years
Dec 12, 2007
2,119
23
201
ID/WA border
If you can close them out of the nests late in the day - do that. Hens usually lay during morning hours so that means you need to be out there to open the nest boxes early, early.

They will learn the routine of roosting elsewhere.

Steve
 

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