nesting box help required !

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cock o the north

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« on: October 09, 2008, 14:05 »
my light sussex are only 23 weeks old BUT the little * insist on using the nestboxes as a toilet and sleeping quarters. they hav,nt started laying yet so im thinking of putting some china eggs in the box's tonight just to educate them what the things are for. anyone got any good tips ????? thanks in advance. tony.

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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008, 14:12 »
Hi CotN
I presssuming you would prefer them to use their perches??

The best way to show a chicken that you want it to perch is by every night popping it on the perch, it will eventually get the hang of it :)
 Which should then leave the nestbox empty for the girls to do what they're supposed to in there :D

A couple of other suggestions are blocking the nest boxes off at night, so that they can't get in them  :lol:
And finally make sure their perches are higher than the nest box, as hen's tend to like to sleep in / on the highest spot possible :D
I have a couple of girls who insist on spending the night in the nest box  :roll:  I make sure I pick up poops every morning so it's clean & ready for eggs :)

Sarah :)

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Bodger

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008, 14:49 »
Make sure thay your perches are substantially higher than your nest boxes.
I'm having a similar problem with some badly designed chicken shed sthat i bought i. Infact, I'm off just now to clean them out again. :lol:

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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008, 17:23 »
given time they will roost. but what I found is i had to block off the nest box's and also just wait then one night (last night) they did it.
Graham = 2x Border collie Dogs, 2x Cats, 1x Wife, 2x Kids, 2x Hamsters and now 10x chickens.

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cock o the north

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2008, 19:25 »
thanks all . unfortunately the perches will never be higher than the boxes as the coop is not the best design, but it was cheap !
so i will just have to adapt what ive got im afraid !



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