When should I unblock the nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Zonoma, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two pullets I acquired June 6th, (The picture is from then, they're bigger now!) that we call Bawk and Squawk. I *think* they are BCM/BO mix though I'm really not certain. The nests boxes are still blocked off but they are 14 weeks now. Should I consider opening up the egg hotel? I also have several younger pullets (12ish weeks) so I'm hesitant to do it too early but I noticed one of the 'big girls' has been acting funny lately- preferring to lay on the ground instead of roosting. Pictured below are Bawk & Squawk and the hen house (haven't named the coop yet).


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  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never had mine closed. I never understood why you would close them. I always have kept a few fake eggs in them. Heck that's where I wanted them to lay & they do. My chickens aren't saints but they do lay their eggs in the boxes.
     
  3. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started laying at 16-17 weeks. I did block off the nest box only at night because they were all 4 sleeping in 1 box and pooping it up. I also have a couple of hens that like to go broody and I block off the box at night when they are broody to help break it.
     
  4. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I blocked mine off after a friend had chickens who decided that nesting boxes were for sleeping and pooping AND eggs. It was pretty gross. I wanted to avoid that. [​IMG]
     
  5. cindylo

    cindylo Out Of The Brooder

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    I need a good answer to this question too! We had to close up the boxes for the same reason - they used them to sleep in and poo in. But according to the calendar, they may be ready to start laying by the end of July. How should I introduce them to the nesting boxes again?
     
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two flocks of chickens & two different coops & have never closed them off . They never sleep in them & no poop. H[​IMG]ere they are.[​IMG]
     
  7. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Unblock them and put a fake egg or golf ball in there. They figure it out.
     
  8. Gypsi

    Gypsi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine started to lay about the day before I was GOING to put the golf ball in. All on their own. It's a miracle.. Those first 4 eggs were very expensive! If there is a comfy breezy perch my hens prefer it, before I added the run perch a couple were sleeping on the coop roof.
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  9. Zonoma

    Zonoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Consensus says: Open it and place some golf balls in there. Done and done! Thanks for the advice.
     

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