When to allow access to nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kirak74, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. kirak74

    kirak74 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2017
    Our chicks are 2 months old. We currently have the nesting boxes closed off because they were sleeping (and, of course, pooping) in them. When should we open them back up? Thanks!
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    When their combs become bright red and they start to crouch when you approach, laying in near. I'd open the boxes then.

    Is the roosting bar higher than the nesting boxes? They like to roost/sleep at the highest point, if the nesting boxes are higher than the roost, they will sleep there.
  3. Lucyluvchickens

    Lucyluvchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2017
    Dripping Springs, Texas
    If they are alone in the coop, I would leave the nesting boxes open for if theyfeel safe in there then I'll just let them stay there because they should always have a place where they feel safe in the coop, especially when they're alone and they're new. But chickens start laying a six months and since there are two months, they're not even going to start laying anytime soon, but I would just leave them open but really just depends .
  4. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    I would close them off because there's no reason for them being in there other than to lay, especially at 2 mos old. No reason to let them develop bad habits of sleeping in there, pooping in there.

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