sleeping place

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by riyadh123, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. riyadh123

    riyadh123 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2013
    hey, how do i stop hens sleeping in nests
  2. brahmabreeder

    brahmabreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Block them off before dusk. Kind of takes out that sleeping option.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Make sure the roosts are higher than the nests....then either block the nests, or move the nest sleepers to the roost after dark.

    Might have to do this for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks until they get the message.

    How old are the birds?
    How many birds?
    How long is the roost? They need about a foot for each bird.
  4. 3chickchicks

    3chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2013
    N. Texas
    I blocked off the nest until mine started getting closer to laying age. They're creatures of habit so once they get into the habit of getting on the roost, they will just go straight there. I also put a golf ball inside and they seem to know it's a nesting site and not a place to sleep. The roost is also higher than the nest and is a 2x4 so it's comfortable for them.

    You might also make sure you have a couple of roosts just in case some birds won't allow others to be on the same roost.
  5. riyadh123

    riyadh123 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 7, 2013
    now my jap ko shamo, as its got really tall legs cant sleep on the sticks anymore. so it sleeps on the floor and sometimes at night gets pooed on. what shall i do because i want it to feel comfortable at night. btw its as tall as my waist ( im quite tall at 13)

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