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Have 14 week old chicks. Getting ready to open nest boxes in next couple of weeks. What should we use in nesting boxes? We have sand as bedding in the coop and run and all of our chicks roost on their own. We live in Florida so it's pretty hot here. Shavings? Straw? Sand? Pros and cons of each and any suggestions welcome. This is our first time with chickens and just wanna do it right b
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I use hay/straw and sometimes shavings. shavings and straw will absorb any broken egg material. Also, straw and shavings are comfortable for the hens. They will be able to shape it into the shape of a nest, which also keeps its shape. Hens are more likely to lay in those two. It's mostly a personal opinion and various from person to person. I would not use sand though..

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Thank u!
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No problem!:D

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~Louis Pasteur

 

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 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  (Matthew 10:29)

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post #5 of 9
We use sweet Timothy hay packaged for small animals. I buy it at Meijer in the pet section.
It's cut to a perfect size to fit in the nestboxes.
2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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post #6 of 9

I like to use a flake of straw, fits nice in my 14" x 14" nests and stays together so hard bottom of nests aren't exposed.

 

I sprinkle some DE underneath and on top to deter any possible pests,

then push it into a bit of a bowl shape, this moves DE down into straw,

and add some fake eggs/golf balls..and it's good to go!

 

Nothing will absorb a broken egg mess and it will get nasty in there, so if I get one I change out the bedding.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #7 of 9
I have a lot of chickens so I use bales o hay or straw.

"In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind"

~Louis Pasteur

 

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 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  (Matthew 10:29)

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 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  (Matthew 10:29)

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Have 14 week old chicks. Getting ready to open nest boxes in next couple of weeks. What should we use in nesting boxes? We have sand as bedding in the coop and run and all of our chicks roost on their own. We live in Florida so it's pretty hot here. Shavings? Straw? Sand? Pros and cons of each and any suggestions welcome. This is our first time with chickens and just wanna do it right b

 

 

 

I wouldn't use hay if I were you, it grows mold pretty fast.

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I wouldn't use hay if I were you, it grows mold pretty fast.

I use hay too, as long as it's dry, it doesn't grow mold. I've had my hay for a couple of months without any problems.

"In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind"

~Louis Pasteur

 

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 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  (Matthew 10:29)

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~Louis Pasteur

 

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 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  (Matthew 10:29)

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