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

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    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

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    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

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    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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