Bedding in nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by AKsmama, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. AKsmama

    AKsmama Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    I'm sure this has been asked 1000 times before, so I apologize [​IMG] But what bedding do you use in your nest boxes? I'm planning on doing the deep litter method with pine shavings in the coop. Should I use the same in the nest boxes? DH has mentioned straw, but I've read about them eating the straw and having impacted crops. Just curious as to what others do.
  2. SGM

    SGM Songster

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    Well I'm certainly no expert, far from it in fact. I use hay, I raise goats and have tons of hay, I have used shavings in the past too. I use mainly hay though.
  3. gmendoza

    gmendoza Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Rock Hill,SC
    We put wheat straw in ours.We never had impacted crops.The chickens sift thru it when inside the nesting boxes and look for the pieces of wheat(when they are bored before laying and egg.)

    Maybe we should line the walls with newspapers so they can read articles.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2010
  4. sunflowerenvy

    sunflowerenvy Songster

    Apr 4, 2010
    south/west tn
    iam using pine shaving in the pooped area and in the next boxes[which i am going to change it to hay] they are starting to pooped in the nest boxes too and laying egg in the poop area. i believe my hen are confused by the bedding lol
  5. gallinamama

    gallinamama Songster

    May 14, 2010
    Macomb, Michigan
    Quote:Wow, never thought of that... I was going to use the wood shavings in the nest boxes too.... now I have changed my mind... very good.. thank you:clap
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I use pine shavings for the coop and in the nest boxes. Nobody seems confused about it, here.

    Although, after noticing what a ditz one of my young Silver Sebright pullets is, she may be the one that proves me wrong when she gets close to laying.
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I use pine shavings in mine. When I fill them up, I pile it high. Then when they make their nest in it, they don't scratch it all the way down.
  8. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    pine shavings here too and no problems.
  9. Tropical Chook

    Tropical Chook Songster

    Jul 5, 2010
    I've tried just about everything and the little buggers simply refuse to keep their beds made up. Shredded paper got eaten, straw and hey got kicked straight out, and then I followed a tip I got on here saying to use old towels and etc. In went a few old t-shirts and the days of chicken kicking their bedding out came to a sudden end. Also, I think they like the softness of cotton towels and t-shirts, and also, once they get dirty, a quick soak in some warm water and bleach leaves the bedding fresh once more.

    Now, being a sucker for punishment, I just yesterday changed over to wood shavings, but, I have also modified the nest boxes so that it's virtually impossible for them to scratch the shavings out [​IMG] I've also gone ahead and covered the entire run/coop floor with shavings and what a difference it's made. No more poopy smell, neat and tidy, and the girls stay amuzed all day scratching through the shavings. Of course they also get a banana leaf of two which they devour in minutes, and then they also get theire daily fix of grass cuttings, weeds, Chinese Water Spinach, Pak Choy, and etc.

    I guess they are having a good life, but then again, they pay their rent all nicely wrapped up inside a shell [​IMG]
  10. kylara70

    kylara70 In the Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    Okay, I've tried shredded paper from the office, shredded newspaper (which I shredded by hand and therefore was not shredded small), and hay. They prefer the hay over the rest by about 100 to one. They will only lay in the hay nests now, no more eggs in the other boxes.

    I must say that this hay is small stems and pretty fine for hay, not sure where it came from. The hay I have in bales is much longer and not as neat.

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