When should I open up nest boxes for hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chipahoy4, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. chipahoy4

    chipahoy4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Need a little bit of help in this area. New to raising chickens. Have a nice coop built for them, and just finished building nest boxes. I have 2 RIR's, 2 white plymouth rocks, 2 black australorpes, 2 New Hampshire reds, and 2 barred rocks. They are a little over 19 weeks at this time. The question is: When should I open the nest boxes for them. I have a plastic mat on the bottom of each box, and have straw on top of that and also have 1 or 2 ceramic eggs on the straw. Should I open the boxes up for them now to get used to them or wait longer. Not sure what to do. Am appealing to all of you experienced chicken people, Thanks
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013
  2. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Open them now, my hens started to lay at 18 weeks old.
     
  3. chipahoy4

    chipahoy4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice. I finished up the nest boxes, left for a couple of hours , came back and I got my first egg! That was close..
     
  4. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations on your first egg! [​IMG]
     

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