Um....Pullets roosting/pooping in nesting boxes...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kingsley11743, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Kingsley11743

    Kingsley11743 Out Of The Brooder

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    My pullets hang out in the nesting boxes. I'm not sure if I should block them from the boxes until they're mature (they need to know where to go) but I don't want them to think they've been popping in there for as long as they can remember & will continue (therefore not lay in them when they are supposed to). Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    This is a very common issue encountered with young birds. The easy answer is to do what you have suggested - block off access to the nest boxes until your birds are showing signs of being close to the point of lay. A nest sleeping habit can be hard to break - especially if allowed to continue - and poopy nest boxes are NOT good, especially when the eggs start coming.
    The other thing to consider is whether your setup may be inadvertently making the nest boxes a preferable sleeping place to the intended roost spot - can you post a photo or two of the inside of your coop so that we can help you spot any potential pitfalls?
     
  3. Kingsley11743

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    Thanks. I basically have one of those "tiny houses" you see on hgtv as a coop. Husband built a huge coop on a trailer. Along the back wall, I have roosts they will hang out on. I also have in three corners more roosts built from branches we took from our woods. Almost looks like functional sculpture bc the girls will hang out there too. But sometimes I see them in the nesting boxes which are along the side wall. I'll block them off this weekend. Silly girls.
    Thanks.
     

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