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What to put in nesting boxes??

post #1 of 11
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Keep in mind, I am a horsey person ... and know very little about chickens!!

We brought the chickens home a few days ago. The coop is bedded with shavings, fairly thickly to provide warmth.

We are just putting the nesting boxes in today and were wondering what is best to bed the boxes with: shavings or straw?! Does it make a difference as to laying?? So far, they haven't layed any eggs in the coop/shavings bedding - we keep checking! - but I think that has more to do, with the idea that they prefer to lay in the boxes.

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post #2 of 11

we use straw

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post #3 of 11

mine like the hey better i have used shavings but the layed there eggs on the floor where the hay was

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1 DH- 4 kids-3 cats-3 dogs,2 bunnys Large Fowl1 BO ,1 RIRs(SQ),2 Marans,4 Cochins,2 SS,2 EEs,1 BLRW(roo),2 Wyandottes Banties1 NN,2 EEs,5 silkies, 1 Polish frizzle,5 Mottled Japs and a GS
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post #4 of 11

Use straw. It's easier to clean out, takes less to line the box effectively and if you have brown eggs layers that lay speckled eggs it protects the brown spots on the eggs from smearing.

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post #5 of 11

I just scoop up the loose hay from the horse-hay barn.  Works great.

post #6 of 11

I use shavings mine didn't want to use the boxes with straw in it.  Give yours a choice and lst them choose.  I also tried shreded paper and they wanted nothing to do with that either.  Mind you if I gave them no other choice they would prpbably use the straw.


Edited by mdbucks - 9/15/07 at 11:50am
post #7 of 11

We use straw.

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post #8 of 11

Tried straw, they wouldn't use it.
My girls like shavings.

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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by rooster-red 

Tried straw, they wouldn't use it.
My girls like shavings.


If Rooster Red says so it must be RIGHT(not only that it was my choice too)  giglaugig

post #10 of 11

We use straw, but hubby and I are comtemplating what to put under the straw.  The hens make their little round nests out of them and then some of them drop the egg from a distance and then they crack.  Hubby had thought about some of those cheap rugs made from remenent pieces or even that foam cabinet and drawer liners.  We haven't decided yet because we don't want to put something in there that they are going to try to peck and eat.  We would hate the thought that we killed one of our chickens due to ignorance or poor forethought.


Edited by 2mnypets - 9/17/07 at 3:56am

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