When do you install the nestboxes?

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

  1. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    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 Songster

    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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