When to open the nests?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by #1California Chick, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    I have 9 19-week pullets. Some of them have red combs and wattles and some don't. No one has started squating yet.

    When do I remove the covering over my nest boxes?? My roosts are higher than the nests and on a different wall.

    Do I just wait until one of them lays an egg in the coop or run?

    What do you suggest?
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    as soon as i put my girls outside i had my nests open with golf balls in them to let them know where to lay and so that they got comfortable in them
     
  3. #1California Chick

    #1California Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 5, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Any other thoughts?? I didn't want them to sleep in the nests?

    But if they are going to lay in the next 2 to 6 weeks, is now the time to open the nests?

    thanks for your thoughts!
     
  4. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would add a golf ball and open them now [​IMG]
     

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