Sleeping in nest box!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Godiva, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    We have a buff orp. roo with a bo hen, two speckled sussex hens and they all cram themselves into the nest box at night!!! I couldn't believe it when I first saw it! Here I am slaving away all day long trying to keep them from dying in the heat and then at night they almost kill themselves by squishing into the nesting box!!! Crazy things! I have taken to removing the nest boxes bottom so that they can't and that seems to have dealt their plan a final blow!
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Very good. That's going to be a bad habit when they get to laying eggs.
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Yes, birds who are allowed to sleep in the nest box poop it up and your eggs end up filthy.

    Best to nip it in the bud.

  4. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    They are laying already, tonight when I went to remove the bottom there was only one in the box with one roosting on the edge and two on the actual roost. So hopefully they will settle down and give up on the nest box. By the way how do you clean a poopy egg? Can one still use it? I have a couple that sat in poop all night and they are thoroughly stained - should I just toss them?
  5. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    Should you decide to keep the eggs don't wash them in cold water. Cold makes the pores open up. The barrier that keeps the bacteria and such out will be broken. Also don't soak them in water as the same thing can happen.
  6. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    There are a few good thread on here about cleaning eggs.. especially if you look for threads by me... LOL... had a few discussions on cleaning eggs (mainly under egglaying) also you can search google for 'cleaning poultry eggs' Tons of information.

    Good luck
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I do believe that you want to use water warmer than the egg when washing because the temperature will cause inside egg stuff to expand thus not pulling in possible bacteria into the shell. The pore sizes can't change in the shell since it's a hard calcium structure. Using cold water will cause the egg to contract thus pulling stuff in though the same pores. After you wash though, you have removed the bloom and eggs will not keep as long. Just fully cook it and you'll be fine [​IMG]
  8. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    My sister had to "teach" her chickens to roost. Every night, after dark, she'd take them out of the box and set them on their roost. A few got it within a couple days...most were roosting within the week.

  9. chrisrob

    chrisrob Hatching

    Jul 21, 2007
    I just purchased five pullets and they are also sleeping in the nest box. Could I cover up the nest box at night to ensure they perch on the roost? Thanks for any help.
  10. gretchen

    gretchen In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2007
    I never thought of it before reading this post but my 15 week olds are all sleeping in their nesting boxes... I checked them last night and 4 were in one, 3 in one and the last one empty. Since they are not laying yet should I just cover up the entrance to the boxes? I thought this chicken raising thing was supposed to be easy....

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