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The Best Material for Lining a Nest Box

post #1 of 44
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My chickens sometimes use the next boxes.  I put linoleum tile for the floors, and was lining them with paper from my shredder (best use of junk mail ever) but I think they ate it.  As satisifying as it is to see junk mail turned to chicken poop, I figure this is not the best route to go on this.

SO, What do you use to line your nest boxes?  Is there a special technique to it? (ie, how deep, stuff it full and let the chickens do what they like, etc.)  Cheap and easy is important.

(I'm sure somethread like this is out there, but I did honestly spend some time looking for it)


Edited by VetsJetsnGuns - 1/27/09 at 11:34am
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6 Buff Orphington hens, 1 Dark Brahma Rooster, 2 Light Brahma Roosters, 4 Light Brahma Hens, 2 ugly Splash Cochin Roosters, 2 Black Cochins, 1 White Laced Red Cornish Hen, 1 Dark Cornish Rooster, 4 Dark Cornish Hens, 2 Guineas...and a half fast chicken operation....
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post #2 of 44

I prefer pine shavings for my nest boxes.  Then when I clean out I compost them for my garden....

Julie smile

post #3 of 44

Agreed.  Pine shavings ROCK!

post #4 of 44

Pine shavings, not cedar since they are extremely dangerous to chickens.  You can buy bags of the pine shavings at Wmart, TSC, etc pretty cheap.  TSC's link:  http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_10551_10001_48767_-1______?rFlag=true&cFlag=1

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post #5 of 44

Pine shavings are what I use.  Granted, I've not tried anything else but these seem to work for my girls so I'm not going to tinker.  I actually have thought about using the shredded paper mixed in with shavings for the floor (I work at a place that shreds lots of stuff) but now am not so sure since you think they eat them.....

post #6 of 44

I use straw or pine shavings.

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post #7 of 44
Thread Starter 

we seem to have a consensus.  big_smile

I have a 2x4 for a front lip on my nest boxes; how deep should I go with the pine shavings?

6 Buff Orphington hens, 1 Dark Brahma Rooster, 2 Light Brahma Roosters, 4 Light Brahma Hens, 2 ugly Splash Cochin Roosters, 2 Black Cochins, 1 White Laced Red Cornish Hen, 1 Dark Cornish Rooster, 4 Dark Cornish Hens, 2 Guineas...and a half fast chicken operation....
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6 Buff Orphington hens, 1 Dark Brahma Rooster, 2 Light Brahma Roosters, 4 Light Brahma Hens, 2 ugly Splash Cochin Roosters, 2 Black Cochins, 1 White Laced Red Cornish Hen, 1 Dark Cornish Rooster, 4 Dark Cornish Hens, 2 Guineas...and a half fast chicken operation....
my chickens on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2004885&l=f3f26&id=1074536782
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post #8 of 44

.. straw  or bermuda grass hay fallings (off the bales)  from my horses feed...

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1 hunny (mexican), 2 STpoodles, 2 Tpoodle, 3 karelian beardogs, 4 cats, 1 budgie, 16 snakes (kings, rat, corn, python), 7 geese, 1 duck, 3 guinea, 3 fish, 3 wild turkey, 3 horses, 1 donkey, and too many chickens to count- i think it is about 80-75 cochin, OEG, marans, various other st and banties
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post #9 of 44

Don't buy a great, big bag of pine shavings the first time, though, unless you  have other uses for it, too (like the coop floor, etc. ). I tried it with mine, and they would have no part of it, and started to lay on the coop floor (where the straw was). Wheat straw works best for mine (and I love the way their brown eggs look in that natural-looking weat straw nest).

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SEVEN FEATHERS FARM: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 goats, 2 ducks, 16 chickens and 1 fish. "But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy!" (Plutarch)
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post #10 of 44
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I think I'm going to experiment: I'm going to put straw in one, pine shavings in one, clean lawn leaves* in one, and leave one empty (bare linoleum tile floor).  We'll see what they do.


*I've got the deep litter thing going on; my floor is pine saw dust, mostly chopped leaves from the lawn and a little ash from the pellet stove every now and again.

6 Buff Orphington hens, 1 Dark Brahma Rooster, 2 Light Brahma Roosters, 4 Light Brahma Hens, 2 ugly Splash Cochin Roosters, 2 Black Cochins, 1 White Laced Red Cornish Hen, 1 Dark Cornish Rooster, 4 Dark Cornish Hens, 2 Guineas...and a half fast chicken operation....
my chickens on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2004885&l=f3f26&id=1074536782
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6 Buff Orphington hens, 1 Dark Brahma Rooster, 2 Light Brahma Roosters, 4 Light Brahma Hens, 2 ugly Splash Cochin Roosters, 2 Black Cochins, 1 White Laced Red Cornish Hen, 1 Dark Cornish Rooster, 4 Dark Cornish Hens, 2 Guineas...and a half fast chicken operation....
my chickens on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2004885&l=f3f26&id=1074536782
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