New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Nesting Materials

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

My hens are always kicking out the nesting material from the nest boxes.  Any suggestions on which materials to use?  I've been using straw.  Also, I've read that cloth covers 2/3 of the way over the opening are a good idea.  Any suggestions on what kind of cloth to use?

post #2 of 24

I don't use cloth, but the one thing I bought that I can't live without with my chickens is a paper shredder.

I shed everything and since the paper is biodegradable if it gets knocked out it composts.

I do add hay to the paper lately, but they knock that out more than anything. I trying wood chips and other things, but the paper works. Costs me nothing really if you think about it and I even have someone who gives me their newspapers when they're done, so I have an endless supply. And a few pieces of paper makes a lot of shredded paper.

As for the cloth I would use some cheap canvas even maybe a piece of a feed bag. Leave it in one piece or cut it to shred it so they'll be able to get inside easily.

See how much I like shredding? LOL

Learn About The Egg Train!   Egg Train State Coordinators  Join The Egg Train
Wife of Bill Riley 2/4/49-7/12/10 Save a spot for me!         Need hatching eggs?
Reply
Learn About The Egg Train!   Egg Train State Coordinators  Join The Egg Train
Wife of Bill Riley 2/4/49-7/12/10 Save a spot for me!         Need hatching eggs?
Reply
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 

I was curious about shredded paper, thanks for the tip!

post #4 of 24

I know a lot of others use it also. Just saves on cost and waste for me.

I forgot to mention that I also line the boxes with rubber shelf liner to keep eggs from cracking.

Learn About The Egg Train!   Egg Train State Coordinators  Join The Egg Train
Wife of Bill Riley 2/4/49-7/12/10 Save a spot for me!         Need hatching eggs?
Reply
Learn About The Egg Train!   Egg Train State Coordinators  Join The Egg Train
Wife of Bill Riley 2/4/49-7/12/10 Save a spot for me!         Need hatching eggs?
Reply
post #5 of 24

I use pine shavings - whatever they kick out of the boxes ends up on the floor of the coop and gets composted in with everything else.  I never use straw - live in a farming area and seen all the poison they dump on that stuff when it grows in the fields and don't want it anywhere near my chooks. 

deb g

post #6 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by stilldeb 

I use pine shavings - whatever they kick out of the boxes ends up on the floor of the coop and gets composted in with everything else.  I never use straw - live in a farming area and seen all the poison they dump on that stuff when it grows in the fields and don't want it anywhere near my chooks. 

deb g


Good point, never thought about that! smile

Happily owned by 7 fluffy butt girls: 1 BO, 3 BA, and 3 Cochins.  Also have 11 hermit crabs, 2 giant african millipedes, a ball python, and a wonderful irish wheaten terrier!  2 awesome boys who love them all!

Reply

Happily owned by 7 fluffy butt girls: 1 BO, 3 BA, and 3 Cochins.  Also have 11 hermit crabs, 2 giant african millipedes, a ball python, and a wonderful irish wheaten terrier!  2 awesome boys who love them all!

Reply
post #7 of 24

I use hay in my nest boxes

Muscovy Addict

Owner of Muscovies, Floppy-Eared Rabbits, Chickens buff, old english, game and buff crosses
Reply
Muscovy Addict

Owner of Muscovies, Floppy-Eared Rabbits, Chickens buff, old english, game and buff crosses
Reply
post #8 of 24

I used hay in my boxes, and about the poison thing if a horse can eat it and be fine a chicken should be able to lay in it. I am going to try shavings just because i want to try and see what works best, and also since they dig through the hay to find leaves.

All my programs have gone out the window so now i just have a mixed backyard flock. Always looking for that one project tho. =D

Reply

All my programs have gone out the window so now i just have a mixed backyard flock. Always looking for that one project tho. =D

Reply
post #9 of 24

I use pine straw. Free for me , smells good, chickens can dig thru it and composts easily.

Rainbow eggs and self sufficiency.

DH 43 yrs, DS 40, 2 cats Bitsey & Snuggles, & 18 hens, leghorns, Cuckoo marans, EE, Ameraucanas,Golden comets, Polish, Welsummer & then my silkie rooster Pretty Boy.
This is the day that the Lord has made.-- Psalm 118:24   Wherever you go... there you are.--Dr.Who.

Reply

Rainbow eggs and self sufficiency.

DH 43 yrs, DS 40, 2 cats Bitsey & Snuggles, & 18 hens, leghorns, Cuckoo marans, EE, Ameraucanas,Golden comets, Polish, Welsummer & then my silkie rooster Pretty Boy.
This is the day that the Lord has made.-- Psalm 118:24   Wherever you go... there you are.--Dr.Who.

Reply
post #10 of 24

Switch your nest box fronts to round holes just big enough for your hens to hop in. Hens love to think they are hiding when they lay their eggs. They get in and settle down quicker,  any scratching will be contained in the box.

Joe

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav: