Emptying Straw out of Nest box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by parrillofarms, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. parrillofarms

    parrillofarms Out Of The Brooder

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    my pullets are emptying out they nest boxes which have straw in them. should i keep them empty until its time to lay? what other materials should i use for the nest box?
     
  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    i dunno, i only use straw in their nests
     
  3. cndula@elp.rr.com

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw too. Mine used to empty the box when they were younger. Not so much anymore. I guess when they're little its something to play with. When they need it to lay, they leave it alone.
     
  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    My hens too are emptying out the nest boxes. At least I think it's them. The only other culprit would be the cockeral that the girls hatched back on July 4th.
    I've put hay in twice only to have it kicked out or tossed into nothing that resembles a nest. I give up. They're all molting anyway and not laying. I won't be putting any back in until the spring or maybe not until I see an egg!

    Edited: But wait...yours are pullets. So they'll maybe be laying soon. What you can do is put the hay in, form a bowl nest with your hands and put a golf ball or two in the nest. My pullets never dropped an egg out of the box when I use this method, all first eggs were laid in the nest, and yes, they do explore up until that point and will kick out the hay until they get the urge to lay their first egg. Then hopefully they'll stop that until molting season or after they've hatched a little stinker boy roo.
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2010
  5. parrillofarms

    parrillofarms Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the comments ill put some golf balls in the nest boxes tomorrow. can't wait till they start laying:D
     

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