Why are my orpington hens roosting in their nest boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dasher, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. dasher

    dasher In the Brooder

    I have 4 nice orpington hens. They continue to huddle and sleep in their nesting boxes instead of on the nice roosting perch we created for them in the coop. We followed all the correct roost designs for the perch. But they don't use it??????? Need advice. dasher fom Grass Valley Ca.

  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Sometimes young birds will do that because they feel secure in the small space. You'll have to go out and put them on the roost to get them used to being up there. Just wait until dark and then go out and move them.
  3. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Are they laying in them. I would block off the nests at night with something and reopen at dawn
  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Mine still continue to do this. We allowed them to do it as chicks in order to stay warm, but now they always sleep in them and make a big mess. So every night I have to go and put them on the roosts, then they stay there the rest of the night. I would either block off the nest boxes or go in at night when they are asleep and put them on the roosts.
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Block off those nests and make sure your roosts are higher than your nest boxes. I had this happen at first too, but they will learn quickly and after they see how nice the roosts are they won't go back to the nests. [​IMG]
  6. chicktwit

    chicktwit Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    I'm having to block off my nesting boxes too at night. It seems to work best. It'll take a while (this also helped break a broody hen) but they will get used to sleeping somewhere else.

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