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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by notrub, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. notrub

    notrub Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2015
    twentynine palms ca
    I have pullets that have just started to lay, I put straw in their nest , but they kick out, what is the solution,??
    I use pine shavings on the floor of the coop ,and don't want to use it in their nests for fear of them laying on the floor of the coop. Thought about using shredded paper , would appreciate any suggestions?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Put a larger lip on the nest boxes so that they can not kick out the straw.
  3. pfields

    pfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have pine shavings on the floor and in their boxes and they don't lay on the floor of the coop.
  4. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi! [​IMG] Welcome! X2, If you'll use a larger lip, the straw will stay in as they arrange it to their liking. you might try a grass hay instead, my hens seem to like that.
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I think it's like fluffing a pillow - and the hens are trying to get just the right effect.
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    x3 on the larger lip on the nesting boxes, they're just trying to arrange the straw to suit themselves.

    Thanks for joining us!
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you decided to join us.

    I agree with @pfields , the bedding won't cause them to lay outside the nests if the nests are inviting, private and dark. If yours are already laying in the nests, it is unlikely they will become floor layers.

    I tried the shredded paper, but my flock eats anything I tried other than sand. But, the eggs are moist when laid and some of the paper will stick. I tried newspaper and got pre-decorated eggs.[​IMG]
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Pre-decorated Easter Eggs!
  10. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2015
    Long Island NY
    Hello :frow welcome to BYC

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