Hens kicking out bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by horsehoundhouse, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. horsehoundhouse

    horsehoundhouse New Egg

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    My hens kick out whatever bedding I put in the nesting boxes. I've tried hay and shavings and no matter what they kick it all out and lay on bare wood. We had mites a while ago (that's when they started) but not anymore. Any suggestions?
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Do you have a low board over the bottom front of the nests, if not, try it. It keeps the nest material in. If may not be their intention to remove the bedding but they love to scratch and wiggle to make the nest right for the sit to lay.
     
  3. BriardChickens

    BriardChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with a board across the front if you don't already. My chickens used to kick straw out of their coop until I switched to shavings and put an upright 2x4 across the entrance.
    It has stopped since.
     
  4. Eagleeyeice

    Eagleeyeice Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd be interested in seeing a pic of that 2X4. I can't picture it.
     
  5. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I personally am going with a 1x4
     
  6. BriardChickens

    BriardChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can certainly take some pictures when I get home tonight. [​IMG]
     
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

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  8. amenfarm

    amenfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the add a board to the rim of the nest box. I have also added the rubbermaid rubberized shelf liners to my boxes. My husband changed the bottom board to a lamate and all the girls were sliding everywhere. not only did the shelf liners stop that, but almost everthing shakes off, or a light hosing gets anything else.
     
  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    We have a 1x2 in front of nests. Sorry girls were beginning to explore before started laying and block the view.
    The small wood pieces on the sides holds it in place, can pull the board up and out to clean out the nest boxes.
     
  10. horsehoundhouse

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    Thanks, everyone. We have a tiny lip but I'm going to try to add a taller one.
     

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