when to open up the nest box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by clemson11, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. clemson11

    clemson11 In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2008
    My pullets are coming up on 18 weeks, I was wondering should I open the nest box before they lay, or after they lay? Any advice would be great!!
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    what do you mean by open? you mean giving them access? if thats the case...I would wait until you see an egg appear-then put the box in with some golf balls in it or fake eggs-seems to work when my friend does it-mine were in their nesting boxes for a good month or two before they layed eggs in it-they never messed in it-they used the other side of the coop for that or their food bowl!!!!
  3. lakeguy55

    lakeguy55 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fair Grove, Missouri
    Thanks to the advice I received on this site, I pulled the nest boxes out of my coop. My hens were roosting in one of the boxes. If and when I see any significant behavior, or an actual egg in the coop, I'll put them back in....with some golf balls!

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