September 2, 2011 at 12:56 am #255651froot_loopzMember
Inside the chooken house, they needs laying boxes and something to sit/roost on, (logs, branches whatever).
Do they ever sleep in the laying boxes?
if I constructed something like that in my current cage, ( the second level )
will they sleep and lay their eggs there, or am I better off to have a seperate area for both?September 2, 2011 at 1:08 am #507237karyn26Member
If there is no roosting post then they will roost in their nesting boxes and they poo all over it.
So you’re better off putting in roosting posts higher than the boxes,this is my down fall our roost post is the same height as the top of the nest boxes so they sit in or on top of the box.
Our roost post is just in front of the laying boxes.September 2, 2011 at 2:18 am #507238BlueWrenMember
Just checked the EBay link frootloopz ………….. :jawdrop: :jawdrop: :jawdrop: $700 for a wire cage!!!!!!!! That’s crazy.You absolutely must have your roost and laying box separate, ideally in a roofed, dry sheltered night house.Old mower catchers,the rigid type with a roof and open front plus some straw, sugar cane mulch etc for bedding, make great laying boxes, and if it will be sheltered and dry no reason why the catcher can’t be just on the ground.My nine girls happily lay in one catcher, occasionally three at once,they protest a bit but doesn’t seem to be a big issue.Advantage is the catcher can just be lifted out and cleaned every so often , or if there are any mishaps like poo or a broken egg.I have only had broody hens try to roost in the catcher , and the catchers make great broody pen boxes too if the need arises.If you only have a few hens one roost pole will be enough, not too thin.If you need two best if they can be on the same level or Top Chook may roost last and climb all over the early birds to get to the highest roost point, or so I have read.Not sure what roosters do.My fellow is usually first up, perhaps to gather in his girls.September 2, 2011 at 11:08 am #507239froot_loopzMember
I have the same cage but without the roosting, I bought it originally to make a cat run. The cats are now in something else
I only paid a hundred dolars for it
thank you for your responses everyone, thats what I thoughtSeptember 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm #507240AnjaMember
FL I accidently thanked you instead of hitting reply!! Well, thabnks for the thread anyway!
I wanted to add that mine sleep on the floor, despite having branches, dirt baths and the nesting boxes off the ground.
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