Getting ready to lay

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vsprice, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. vsprice

    vsprice New Egg

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    I have 3 hens right at months. I put straw in their nesting boxes twice now and each time they have scrapped all of the straw out of the boxes. I have pine shavings in the house and straw in their nesting. I also placed 2 golf balls in each box. I think they just played soccer with them. Is their anything I should change or try next?
     
  2. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    First...Welcome to BYC!! So how old are your girls?
     
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! Do you have anything in the front of the box to keep the straw in?
     
  4. vsprice

    vsprice New Egg

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    They are 6 months old. I do not have any type of wooden lip to keep the hay in. Do you think the hens are thinking this is just part of the floor and not a separated area?
     
  5. vsprice

    vsprice New Egg

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    No there is nothing. Continuous floor into the nest box.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, yes.
     
  7. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have to make it look different from just a continuation of the floor and a lip is always needed on nest boxes. The hens go in the nests and scratch around preparing the nests the way they want them so any nest box without a lip will be empty of straw, hay or shavings in no time.
     

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