Wheb do I need to open Hotel Nest Box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wrldlygrrl, May 16, 2011.

  1. wrldlygrrl

    wrldlygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock is around 18 weeks old. I have a ladder that goes up into the nesting box, but have the box blocked off at this time. Do I need to prepare the nesting box with straw and shavings? If so, how much and , when should I open the hotel for business? Will my pullets begin showing some type of desire/different behavior to begin nesting/laying? Should I put dummy eggs in there to help?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello! I would open it now, since your hens are 18 weeks, and you can put wood shavings or hay in there, or even straw, which is softer if you like.
     
  3. wrldlygrrl

    wrldlygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still have roosters in the coop...will hey go in there as well? If so, how can I keep them out? I only have a coop without a run for now, and am looking for homes for the young roos...
     

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