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Hens scratching kicking all the hay from laying boxes ???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jo 1 jo 2, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. jo 1 jo 2

    jo 1 jo 2 New Egg

    Aug 29, 2014
    This is probably a dumb question but l'll ask anyway
    My Isa Brown new layers keep scratching kicking all the hay from theit laying boxes and laying eggs on hard boards
    what can l do ?
    Do l need to change from they hay to something else
    Am a complete novice newbie
    any suggestions help appreciated
    thank you
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Yes, they do that. I put a folded empty feed bag in each nest box, with hay, straw, or shavings on top. There is a 1x4 screwed along the front of the boxes to help keep the bedding inside, and I add or change the nest material as needed. I also powder under the material with permethrin for bug control. mary
  3. jo 1 jo 2

    jo 1 jo 2 New Egg

    Aug 29, 2014
    ;) thank you so much Mary
    I have some feed bags l can use and extra piece of wood as a barrier sounds like a great idea too will sort something out in the next few days [​IMG]

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