Horse hair in nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joduh, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. joduh

    joduh Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    My horses are shedding like crazy. Can I use the hair (body hair not mane/tail) in our nest boxes? Or will the chickens ingest it? Thanks!
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2017
    I would not recommend it.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Nest boxes
    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.

    I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.


    I hold the bag in place with these paper binders.

    Easy Peasy Japaneasy

    Last edited: Apr 8, 2017
  4. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2015
    Mora, NM USA
    Shedded horsehair is very short, so I don't think it would wrap around their toes or anything. I suppose you could use it, but it will have a lot of dust and dander in it. I personally prefer to use something like wood shavings. Every day I pick out any poop (I wear gloves) and try and keep the nest boxes as clean as possible. That's the only downside I see in using shed horsehair: the dust and dander. I like my hens to lay on relatively clean material, if possible. On the other hand, every year, I find lots of nests of wild birds blown down by the wind, some built entirely of horsehair.
  5. joduh

    joduh Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 27, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    I use hay in my boxes, but I was wondering if a layer of fur would be appreciated by the ladies. But then, I worried that it might get stuck in their beaks and accidentally ingested. Sounds like I should just toss it.

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