Half my hens are of laying age, the other half not of age but tonight I found one of the young ones in a nest. I've always had the nesting boxes in the coop. I found when they are ready they'll use it.Hi, I have a br chick..she will be of egglaying age about november. My question is when do you introduce the nesting box...? Thanks.
I HAVE 2 COOPS, ONE FOR MY LAYING CHICKENS AND ONE FOR THE TEENAGERS.....THE TEENAGERS ARE APPROACHING 15 WEEKS OLD, AND IN THEIR COOP I HAVE NOT OPENED THE NESTING BOXES, BECAUSE WHEN THEY REACH 18 WEEKS THE WILL TRANSITION TO THE LAYING CHICKEN COOP, BUT EVERYTHING I HAVE READ SAYS TO INTRODUCE THEM TO THE NESTING BOXES AT 15 WEEKS, BUT I AM AFRAID ONCE THEY GET USED TO SEEING THOSE NESTING BOXES , WILL THEY LAY EGGS IN THE LARGER COOP WITH THE ADULT CHICKENS,WHEN THE TEENAGERS MOVE OUT OF THE COOP, I HAVE SOME 6 WEEK OLD CHICKS READY TO MOVE IN.......HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CHICKENS OF ALL AGES AND SHUFFLE THEM AROUNDMany chickens don't lay before 16 weeks, although most lay much later 20-24 weeks. You can add them at any time, but you should keep them covered and closed before 15 weeks, so that the chickens don't use them to sleep in. When they are roosting (and roosts should always be higher than nest boxes) you can open them up.