How to build a nest?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Emojikitten, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Emojikitten

    Emojikitten Songster

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    I need help! Ivy pooped on and ruined all her nesting pads and we don't have any more for her. We don't have enough time to go to the store and buy more for her. So, what can I use for a substitute and if I need to how do I put it together?
     
  2. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Crossing the Road

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    hay, straw, pine shavings, really a lot of stuff.
     
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  3. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Anything soft can be a good nesting pad, you just don't want the eggs to break when they hit it. I use a combo of pine shavings and straw. You could use leaves or grass clippings if you have them available, and old scrap of carpet, an old t-shirt, shredded black and white newspaper (not glossy magazines or color print).
     
  4. Emojikitten

    Emojikitten Songster

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    Thanks so much! Ivy would be proud to meet you. Again, thank you!
     
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  5. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    You are so welcome! Sometimes having chickens requires us to get creative! It's good to be able to re-purpose something you already have at home.
     
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  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Fold up a used feed bag to fit the nest box, then top with your nesting material of choice. Even if they dig and kick the nesting material around the feed bag will stay in place to provide cushion.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Why is she pooping in the nest?
    Do you let her roost(sleep) in there?
     

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