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Sleeping in nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by clemson11, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. clemson11

    clemson11 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    I have two RIR they are about 5 months old, no eggs yet:( It's been really hot here all summer. Anyways, they both sleep in their nest box, is that a big problem?
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Are your roosts placed higher than the nest boxes?

    If the nest box is higher or at the same level with the roost, they will sleep and poop in them.
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    I use to have hens that did that luckly our nest boxes the perches on them folded up so now every night when we lock the birds up we close the nest boxes until morning when we let the birds back out cuz (1) the hens were pooping in the nest boxes and (2) we didn't want them to get use to sleeping in there and not on the roost with all the other birds.

    Some people don't mind if there hens sleep in the nest boxes but me personaly i don't like the idea if it cuz once she gets hooked on sleeping there then when you do want her not sleeping in it you will have a tough time breaking the habbit from her

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2008
  4. clemson11

    clemson11 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    I have a small coop and run, the nest box is on the coop floor and the roost is right above it. But they really don't seem like they like to jump up on anything. I have only seen them on their roost one time. Should the nest box always be lower then the roost?
  5. I would take it out of the coop. When you get an egg...put it back in. Thats what we did.

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