Sleeping in the nests?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mhegge, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Is your roost higher than the nests?
    Is it easy to get up to and down from?

    Post pic of your nests and we can help you figure out what might work best.
     
  2. mhegge

    mhegge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nests are actually higher than the roost. The nests aren't fancy, just a wooden shelf with a board on the front to hold in the straw and little dividers.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ah, therein lies your problem.
    Nests should be lower than roosts by about a foot...because they like to roost as high as possible.
     
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  4. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    Nest boxes need to be lower than the roosts cause they will always choose the highest spot to roost and sleep. If you change it around you won't have to clean the nests boxes everyday.
     
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  5. mhegge

    mhegge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!
     
  6. srhmchlk

    srhmchlk Out Of The Brooder

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    After you correct the roost/nest box height issue, and they still won't roost where you want them, go out after dark and put them on the roosting bars. It may take a few nights of doing this but they will pick it up quickly.

    I'm in wisconsin too!
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Good Point!
     
  8. mhegge

    mhegge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Roost is up higher now :) We'll see what happens tonight!
     
  9. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    Any luck????
     
  10. mhegge

    mhegge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were in the nest again, silly birds :) They haven't gone up on it all yet actually (they would usually when it was lower), but it is so hot and humid here that they've only been going in to drink or at night when I shut them in. It's supposed to break soon so I'll give it a few nights.
     

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