Bedding for nesting boxes - please help :3

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lillieegg, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. lillieegg

    lillieegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im getting new nesting boxes on Monday and I want to clean out the coop as well. But I was thinking about it and I wanted to know what you use for bedding in the nesting boxes. I use hay currently and it works ok except they kick it out every night! I know they aren't supposed to sleep in them but they do and they kick out all the hay and poop all inside it -.- they haven't started laying eggs yet but it seems like my oldest will be soon because she's getting to that age. So basically my question is what do you use for bedding in your nesting boxes? And also do you use something different for the floor of the coop?
     
  2. Howlet

    Howlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sand is lovely for coop FLOOR bedding! im switching to it tomorrow actually! i researched and it told me in the winter sand holds the heat of the sun from a window and stays cool in the winter. plus, they can dust bathe! Not to mention its just like kitty litter so u can just get a scoop and easily remove the poop [​IMG] lol.

    As for the nest box, i dont think anything better then hay... care fresh small animal bedding or wood chips? mine lay in woodchips fine :p Well technically pine shavings XD and im painting some t'v's to look like houses and bust out the screen so they can just use them as boxes as well as a few random cabinets XD
     
  3. lillieegg

    lillieegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds awesome! I have been thinking about using sand for a while. And I was trying to compare hay and pine shaving and I'm getting so many mixed answers XD I guess right now my chickens think their poop is a comfortable bedding[​IMG]! I clean in out and they just kick it out!!! Hopefully they won't do that with the new stuff or hopefully they wont sleep in them [​IMG] But you use pine shavings right? How's that do? And do yours sleep in their boxes too?
     
  4. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try to discourage them from sleeping in the nest boxes. You can move them to the roost after dark. The boxes should have been blocked off prior to them reaching POL (point of lay) to stop them from sleeping in them and then opened up just as they begin to show signs of laying. If they still have some time before they begin, you can block off the nests altogether so they don't even have the option and open them back up when they are ready. They don't like to lay in dirty nest and you'll find they'll search for alternative places to lay if they don't have clean boxes.

    I use pine shavings and dried herbs in my nests. Hay is also fine to use.
     
  5. lillieegg

    lillieegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I've seen that a lot but i didn't know how to stop them. I made them a little sleeping spot to snuggle in with a small wagon but they dont like it [​IMG] I'll try to block them off because I do want them to lay their eggs in their boxes not on the floor or something. Thanks for the tips [​IMG]
     
  6. Howlet

    Howlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no mine sleep ontop of a cabinet hanging on the wall XD but hey, who knows when im nto looking XD
     
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  8. Foghornnmsprisy

    Foghornnmsprisy Out Of The Brooder

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    Make sure you're roosts are higher than you're nesting boxes. You don't want them pooping in the nests when they start to lay eggs. They poop all night from foraging right before they go to bed. Use cardboard to line the nesting boxes for ease of cleaning from poop or broken eggs. I'm going with sand on the floor and pine shavings in the boxes.
     
  9. lillieegg

    lillieegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the tips guys! I have decided I'm going to do sand and pine shavings.
    @Hokum Coco That's a really good method! The pet food I get in paper bags though :( and you're coop looks awesome!
     
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