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Anyone use the plastic nesting pads? Thoughts? Thinking of changing from the excelsior pads to plastic because I am tired of the waste because my girls think it is great to poop in their boxes. The plastic would be washable but not sure they would like them. Or use outdoor carpeting? I want something I can clean with a hose. (side funny this reminds me of the argument of cloth versus disposable diapers in children lol)

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I use corrugated cardboard.

They should not be pooping in the nest. If so, it is something that must and can be fixed.
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I had never heard of nesting pads - had to google them!  I'm surprised your chickens will lay in boxes without hay or other bedding.  As ECBW mentioned, they should not be pooping in the nest boxes - in the evening time, you may need to put cardboard at the opening to keep them from sleeping inside.  Hopefully, after doing that for a week, they will have been broken of roosting in there???

 

But outdoor carpet/astroturf should work fine if nesting pads is what you like....

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Anyone use the plastic nesting pads? Thoughts?

Nest boxes

In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.

Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

 

I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

 

Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

 

Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Hope this helps,

Check out this link leads to a Video interview on me and my grand daughter done by a local TV Station on our WHITE HOMING PIGEON loft:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1478351/carrier-pigeons-continue-to-connect-family/

If you are not living for something;

You are dying for nothing.

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Are they sleeping in the nests?

They should be sleeping on the roosts.

Best to have 1 foot of roost length per bird.

Best to have roosts 1 foot higher than nests.

 

Have you solved this problem yet?

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1093941/help-overpecking

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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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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