When do I uncover the nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChxSwaggah, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. ChxSwaggah

    ChxSwaggah Hatching

    May 25, 2014
    My 6 Buff Orpingtons are about 3 1/2 months old. They are out in the coop which is about 6x5 feet big, also have a small covered pen for them. Inside the coop, I have the 3 nesting boxes blocked off with a piece of plywood. I think I seem to have read here at BYC, that I should block the nesting boxes off so they don't move into them and get used to sleeping and pooping in them. Well my question is when do I unblock the openings to the nests? I figure that I have at least 2 more months before they are mature enough to lay, so when do I make the nesting boxes available?

    Also, just want to let anyone who happens onto this thread that I truly appreciate any advice given. This website and forum has been an unbelievable source of knowledge for a rookie chicken farmer that would have been struggling without all the info. I hate to jinx myself, but the experience so far has been so enjoyable and kinda relaxing thanks to all the contributing members of the forums. From the design of my coop, to my horizontal watering nipples on a five gallon bucket, and my five gallon bucket feeder, and all the info on treats! I really couldn't have done it without all of you!!!

    People at work think I'm nuts. [​IMG]
  2. eckowes

    eckowes In the Brooder

    May 22, 2014
    I'm new to all this chicken stuff too and I agree this place has been amazing!!! I want to know the answer to that same question so figured I'd chime in so I get the answer as well [​IMG]
  3. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Songster

    Sep 24, 2012
    The coop
    As long as your nest boxes are close to the ground, and have perches up high, they will probably choose the higher option. I keep my nest boxes at six inches above the ground and I have roosts a lot higher. I keep it that way so it's low enough so they won't roost in them and high enough they have to jump yo to get to it. Hope this helps, this was my best try. Also, :welcome
  4. mortie

    mortie Songster

    Feb 16, 2014
    The Frozen Tundra
    If they are roosting now and have been for a few weeks you will be fine. If they are sleeping on the ground I would wait.

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