Sleeping in nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by PirateShipp, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. PirateShipp

    PirateShipp Out Of The Brooder

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    So we're having issues with our birds sleeping in their nesting boxes. How can I train my birds to stay on the roosts?
    I need your tried and true methods! Our Silkie hen doesn't sleep in one just our Leghorns
    The roosts are available but they're just not using them. Is there a way to make the roost preferred for sleeping and nest box for laying that I've missed? [​IMG]
     
  2. ktn65

    ktn65 Out Of The Brooder

    Is the roost higher than the nesting boxes?
     
  3. PirateShipp

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    One is higher one is lower
     
  4. ktn65

    ktn65 Out Of The Brooder

    More than likely the birds view the nest boxes as a safer place to sleep. I have always tried to keep my roosts 10"-12" above my nest boxes.
     
  5. PirateShipp

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    Ah. Good to know. We are working on revamping our coop anyway so that works. I will try that then.
     

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