Egg laying nest

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by redneck farmer, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    What should I use for the bottom of my egg laying nest? Hay? Sand? Pine? Pine needle?
     
  2. theotherfoote

    theotherfoote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings. [​IMG]
     
  3. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I prefer straw if you want bedding. I use plastic nest liners, keeps them cleaner. But i also give them a choice to lay in a nest where they can build their nest with straw, half the hens like the liners, the other half likes the straw.
     
  4. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    What about nest heights? How high should I put them!?
     
  5. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have ours about 3 feet off the ground, and some on the ground (the chickens made their own nests on the ground). what breeds do you have?
    in my experience, silkies nor cochins can get to off the ground nests..
     
  6. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I have barred rocks an one white playmouth rock
     
  7. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for those put it three feet off the ground. [​IMG] if you have a young kid who would want to help collect though, You can always put it lower.
     

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