Slumber Parties in the Nesting Box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LN2008, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. LN2008

    LN2008 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls seem to like to pile into one particular box and sleep there for the night. How do I break them of this? I tried doing decoy eggs so they get the hint as to their purpous, but it's just not working. Suggestions?[​IMG]
     
  2. RhodeIslandRedFan

    RhodeIslandRedFan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen who settles in a nest box every night at roost time, while the rest of my hens pick their favorite spots on the roost. Every night when I close up the coop, I pick her up and place her on the roost. This has been going on for months, and I can't seem to break her of this habit. Maybe she just likes the extra attention, IDK. If you don't feel like placing yours on the roost every night like I do, is there a way for you to block off the nest boxes just prior to roost time so they can't settle themselves in there?
     
  3. LN2008

    LN2008 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think I'm going to try blocking it off. Maybe with something just to big for them to get around? idk. I guess they're just stubborn!
     
  4. Blubirdz

    Blubirdz Out Of The Brooder

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    How high are your nest boxes? If they are to high they will roost in them.
     
  5. hensandchickscolorado

    hensandchickscolorado Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did this and I blocked them off with some extra hardware cloth I had. The next night they were on the roost. When their combs started getting red and they started getting loud, I took out the screen, and they laid exactly where they were supposed to!
     
  6. stephanie munson

    stephanie munson Out Of The Brooder

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    Being new to keeping chickens, I would like to know why does it matter if they dont sleep on the roost?
     
  7. tigercreek

    tigercreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Chickens make LOTS of manure during the night, and that makes for very messy nests. ........stan
     
  8. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out tonight to put my girls to bed and found all five snuggled up in the nest box. I didnt think it could fit that many at once but they were all in there. I dont think they were cold I have heat light in there because their water keeps freezing.
     
  9. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could they be too cold?
     
  10. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahha. Funnny thread. My jersey giant kept perching my crate nest boxs and tipped it over. I had a roo that would not roost. He laid in the shavings all night.
     

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