sleeping in the nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by featherenvy, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. featherenvy

    featherenvy In the Brooder

    Jul 6, 2011
    My chickens, which aren't laying yet, are sleeping in the nesting boxes and not on the roosting bars. Do I need to be concerned or will they figure it out that it's for laying eggs?

  2. swmalone

    swmalone Songster

    Jun 30, 2011
    Northern Utah
    I have one that just recently started laying, the egg wasn't in the nest box and they still seem to be sleeping in the nest box. I even tried to seal off the box for a while to break them of the habit. If I was you I would seal the nest box off until you think you will need it. Mine got into the habit of sleeping there and now it is really hard to break.
  3. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Songster

    Apr 7, 2011
    Yakima, WA
    Seal off the boxes right away. You don't want to get your girls in the habit of sleeping in the boxes. Also make sure your roots are higher than the boxes.

  4. sabianshepherds

    sabianshepherds Chirping

    Jun 2, 2011
    Yeah, my nest boxes are a retrofit, so they weren't there when I put the first batch in, and they started roosting at 6 wks. The three girls I added two days ago when straight to the nest boxes, so I covered them with plastic poultry netting.
  5. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Songster

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    I have one that always sleep in the nesting box and she is almost 2. Luckily it is one that never gets used. I would try to stop it, you can go out there at night and take her out of it and put her on the roost. She will eventually get the hang of it.

    I have always wondered if it is the pecking order and the other girls won't allow them on the roost. My one that sleeps in the nesting box is also the one that gets picked on and bossed around the most too. It sounds like since they are new, the older ones might not be letting them on the roosts, and the nesting boxes are the next highest place they can go.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  6. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    I just staples cardboard across the front of the boxes so they don't get used to sleeping in there... don't know if it will be enough, guess I'll find out when I take the cardboard off... Ya don't want them learning to poop in there

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