Easy Peasy Nest box Maint.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mickeymushroom, Jun 20, 2017.

  1. mickeymushroom

    mickeymushroom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you ready for this? Simply cut up cardboard boxes to fit the bottom of the nest boxes (i often make them a little big to go up the sides a bit.) fill with shavings. To clean... pop them out and replace or flip them if they aren't too dirty or wet....refill shavings.....toss out cardboard. Zero $ and very little time. I keep a bunch of precut cardboard in the coop at all times. I use scissors to pop them out cause i keep a pair in the coop to cut bags of food. IMG_0018.jpg
     

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Good idea.
     
  3. mickeymushroom

    mickeymushroom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a real time saver especially when the girls crack an egg in the nest box. The cardboard soaks it all up and leaves no residue to clean up on the floor of the box. less mess, as egg doesn't come off unless you soak it.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I have a few cracked eggs lately due to big clumsy Cochin hens.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yep, good idea!

    I do this with heavy duty foam backed vinyl,
    scraps left over from floor and poop boards,
    have an extra one ready to swap out if needed.
    Easy to squirt off with the hose.

    A lot of folks use feed bags for this purpose.

    Sure beats cleaning broken egg remains off a wood nest bottom!
     
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  6. Charlynn

    Charlynn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for this tip!
     
  7. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A folded up feed bag works much the same way and for the same low (no) cost. I always keep a few extras around now just for that purpose.
     
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  8. mickeymushroom

    mickeymushroom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It works like a charm! no mess or run off like feed bags do, plus, the absorbency prevents mold and bugs.
     
  9. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

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    I like this idea, going to try it.
     
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