How We Liked the New Nest Box

by Daisy on 06/18/2014

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What is that thing?

IMG_2482What are you doing in there?

IMG_2478We all must know.

IMG_2483Move over.

IMG_2488Hasn’t killed anybody yet. Must check it out.

OK, enough of the chicken POV. Initially, things looked promising. They were curious about the new box and kicked the tires around for a few hours, so to speak.

When it came time to make a deal, though, they chickened out and started looking for old familiar places to lay. They sat in the new box, but no eggs. The eggs began turning up in weird places, on shelves, in corners. Anywhere they could make a nest EXCEPT the new box.

I had blocked off the shelves (it’s an old storage/playhouse) with improvised barricades, but they overcame the barricades with great persistence until I knew it was time for more drastic action.

I removed the shelving and took out the straw, basically eliminating any place other than the new nest box.

Finally, I started to see results. Stripped of their fallback locations, they reluctantly began to lay in the new box. Yay!

It’s been about a week now with the new arrangement and they’re getting more and more used to it. I have eggs again and all is well in the coop.

For the moment.

 



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy June 19, 2014 at 5:13 am

Congratulations! Sounds like your persistence, ingenuity and expert carpentry skills are paying off.

Sallie June 19, 2014 at 6:03 am

Brilliant ! Well done!!

Patricia June 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Beautiful box! Now just add some straw… As you said, they are wanting to make a nest. “Anywhere they could ‘make a nest’ EXCEPT the new box.” An empty box does not a nest make.

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