sleeping in nesting box??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickeneer45, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. chickeneer45

    chickeneer45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 17, 2012
    my chickens have taken to sleeping in their nesting boxes.... is this a problem? if so, how do i fix their behaviors? i dont think the chickens realize that it is a nesting box because the one egg that has been layed was not in the nesting box
  2. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    The only way you can keep them from doing it is either remove them each night and put them on their roost or block the boxes at night so they can't get into them. Then you have to unblock them after they have gone to sleep or in the morning. I have heard making sure the nest boxes are lower than the roosts helps, but that makes no difference with mine. Three of my last batch of girls love sleeping in the nest boxes even though there is plenty of roost space. I've been blocking the boxes for a couple of weeks now, but if I forget - they are right in them. I wouldn't care but getting the poop out each morning isn't much fun.

    Good luck!

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