when to open the nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by stevin, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my RIR pullets are just over 5 months old & my Lt Sussex are 3 1/2 months old sharing the same coop. i've noticed that the RIR's faces are pinkish, definitely not red.
    should i wait till i find the 1st egg somewhere on the coop floor before opening the nest box? the nest box is roughly 6-8" above the floor and the roosts are at 3' & 4'.
    every pullet sleeps up on the roosts for the past month or so.
    if i remove the plywood blocking off the nest box will i be creating an opportunity for them to start sleeping & pooping in there?
    or since they have been faithfully sleeping on the roosts is it safe to open it up now?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I would open it now since you have one that's 5 months already! My RIR started layin about that age.

    Missi
     
  3. 4 luv of eggs

    4 luv of eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep the nest boxes lower than their roost spot and they won't sleep in it. I put my boxes in way too early and they just ignored them until they started to mature. I would go ahead and set them up. When they need it they'll seek them out.
     
  4. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My boxes are lower than my roosts & my pullets are not interested in the boxes yet - they are definitely closer to laying. I placed 2 white golf balls in the boxes to show them what they are for.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. mglewis74

    mglewis74 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm running a variety of chicken ages in the chicken house and recently inserted some new nesting boxes since I knew that within the next couple of months that I would have more hens laying than I had the correct number of boxes in comparison with the number of potenital laying hens. Yes, keep your nesting boxes lower than the roosts and you should not have a problem. We got our very first Easter Egger greenish-tinted egg a couple of days ago and it was laid in one of the new boxes, top row, middle bucket, beside a white golf ball! Bruce
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010
  6. stevin

    stevin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome! looks like i'll be removing the plywood blocking the nest box this weekend!
    thanx for the golfball tip! i'll place a couple in mine, the wife works at titleist and maybe she can get me a couple of rejects
    maybe they'll have some shaped like eggs [​IMG].
     

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