Cat Litter in Nesting Boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DuckWhisperer06, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. DuckWhisperer06

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    So while going through the garage, I stumbled upon an unopened bag of cat/kitty litter. We just recently lost our cat (he was old and ran away). I was thinking of using the litter box (after a DEEP cleaning) as a temporary nesting box since we have gotten any in their new pen yet. We normally use pine shavings, but we haven’t been able to get any lately. My question is, can I use the cat litter as nesting material? I don’t even know it they would lay in it but I would hate to waste it. We used to buy the 25-30 lb bags of cat litter so we didn’t have to buy it as often, so there’s a lot of litter.
     
  2. Norcal527

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    Is it the clay type? Or wood pellets...or?? I would only use cat litter if it is the wood pellet type and I would just use it in the coop...not nest boxes as it's not very soft.
     
  3. DuckWhisperer06

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    I’m pretty sure it’s clay.
    I just didn’t want to waste a 25lb bag if it could be used for something else. :idunno
     
  4. Norcal527

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    Maybe you could donate to a local shelter? :)
     
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  5. DuckWhisperer06

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    Haven’t thought of that, great idea! :celebrate
     
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  6. Darmamommy

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    We keep a bag of cat litter in the garage for oil spills or other chemical spills. Not that it happens very often but it's a quick safe way to clean up a mess like that. Wouldn't put it in nesting boxes!
     
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  7. DuckWhisperer06

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    Do you think I could still use the litter box as a nesting box as long as I give it a good clean and pick up some pine shavings?
     
  8. Norcal527

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    Dont see why not if you're good with eating eggs from it lol
     
  9. 21hens-incharge

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    For temporary nests cardboard boxes like from Costco or Sam's work really well. I get the ones that are open top and cut out side so IF tipped the hen is not trapped.

    A used cat box says gross to me. :confused:
     
  10. DuckWhisperer06

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    Do you think a shelter would take a used litter box?
     

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