Different types of hay to put into a chicken nest?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by asianchicken, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. asianchicken

    asianchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering about the alternatives that I can use other then hay for my chickens and doves where they can lay their eggs. I just want to have something soft but easily accessible.[​IMG]
     
  2. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    U can use pine straw or a piece of outdoor carpet.
     
  3. J.Pryce

    J.Pryce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cut carpet squares to size & use them in my nest boxes. After a month or 2 depending on how dirty it gets, I replace it with another square.
     
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    I use pine shavings that I get from my local feed store. The chickens seem to like them and bag lasts me several months.
     
  5. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also use pine shavings.. It works great UNLESS you have a new pullet who decides she needs to scratch ever pc. out before she lays her eggs..... It took her three weeks to stop..lol
     
  6. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    I use straw! My current layers (EE's and White Leghorns love it! I offered a few boxes of pine shavings and they Never went in there! Straw works great and is easy to clean! All I do is pull out the few pieces of poopy straw every few days!

    -Nate
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I use the same shavings that I use for my floor litter (clean, obviously [​IMG]); with a sufficient lip on the nestbox it works just fine, and when nestbox bedding gets a bit pooey I just "promote" it to the floor.

    But you can use practically anything. Shredded paper, straw (chopped or whole), very well-dried long-staple grass, dried leaves, whatever.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  8. jomom13

    jomom13 New Egg

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    Hi, new with chickens. Just want to know what type of hey is good for silkies and mini's. But, not real costly. I only have 1 silkie and 2 mini's. Thank You.
     
  9. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use hay as well. Works nicely and keeps the eggs clean.

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