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When to open nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fowl Intentions, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Fowl Intentions

    Fowl Intentions Out Of The Brooder

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    DH and I are building a SECOND coop this weekend (we have a 4x8 coop, but, we couldn't stop buying chicks...!). These chicks were born the end of May, so they're almost three months old. We're going to be using 5 gallon buckets for nests. Should we put these buckets in the new coop right away, or should we hold off for a bit longer?
     
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I would hold off until about 17-18 weeks, so they don't try to sleep on/in them before laying, but will have a little time to get used to them before laying.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If they're roosting on their own, I'd go ahead and put them in now - with a wooden egg in each (or golf ball, etc.). I like to give them time to explore [​IMG]
     
  4. Fowl Intentions

    Fowl Intentions Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both!
     

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