Sleeping in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by crystalire, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. crystalire

    crystalire Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens snuggle in their nesting boxes at night. I've thrown away a lot of eggs due to having chicken droppings on them. I clean the nesting boxes every morning but sometimes one will lay before I can get out there.
    I'd love to not have to clean the nesting boxes first thing every morning, especially in winter. Any suggestions?
     
  2. KPenley

    KPenley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sure there are a ton of different methods. But if I have hens that won't roost naturally, I like to put the birds up on the roost nightly until they do it on their own. It never takes more than a week it two for them to tired of getting woken up and moved.
     
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  3. crystalire

    crystalire Out Of The Brooder

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    I do kick them out of their nesting boxes and onto the roost before I go to bed and they do hate to be bothered. Mine wait till I close them up and snuggle back in. Guess I will need to keep trying.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    At this point it may be nearly impossible to break them of that bad habit. Had you closed off the nesting boxes back when they were pullets before laying age this could have been avoided...eek!
     
  5. crystalire

    crystalire Out Of The Brooder

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    Darn! Live and learn, I guess. Too late to block them off now if removed in the early morning?
     
  6. bobshere

    bobshere Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had the same problem. I moved the roost another foot higher and that solved the problem. Maybe they dont like the roost? Just a guess but doesnt hurt to try at this point.
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, if you have the time and are diligent, yes, you could block them off at night, then in the morning re-open them.

    But as @bobshere said in another reply, moving your roosting bar(s) higher might do the trick also. BTW, how high are yours in relation to the nest box setup???
     
  8. bobshere

    bobshere Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are at 36 inches now
     
  9. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay, 36" for the roost, how high are the nesting boxes...sorry, forgot to ask that before! [​IMG]
     
  10. bobshere

    bobshere Chillin' With My Peeps

    The nesting boxes are at 24 inches.
     

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