When do you install the nestboxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by schmoo, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. schmoo

    schmoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    My chicks are 6 weeks old (26 of them) and the nest boxes are done, just not installed. How long do I wait to put them in so the chicks don't think they are a toy/perch?! I know as soon as I put them in they will start jumping on them etc. :|
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I waite till I find one egg....then install them and put fake eggs in them. That way they know what they are for.
  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I put mine in days ago (mine are 10 weeks) and it doesn't look like they went near it.
    I figure they will need time to get used to it. They seem to need time to adjust to new stuff. I went into the coop last night with a lounge chair and just layed there to relax and listen to them. that chair had them all nervous.

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