I have a 3" lip on all my nest boxes to help keep the bedding in the nest boxes. I have a piece of foam in the bottom of each nest box. It is the kind of click lock flooring you get for children's play rooms. This helps to prevent the eggs from braking or cracking when a hen lays them. I have tried using straw, and shavings in my nest boxes but most of it gets pushed out by my hens. I have one hen who picks out the shaving piece by piece before she lays an egg and I can't seem to get her to stop. I am not overly concerned about those nest boxes, but I am setting up some nest boxes for some broody hens.
I was wondering what kind of bedding would be best for a broody bantam hen, and what I can do to help keep the bedding in the nest box. Any suggestions or tips would be helpful