My hens have decided they don't like bedding inside thier nest boxes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by StaatsFarms, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. StaatsFarms

    StaatsFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few hens that like to kick all of the bedding out of the nest boxes... any suggestions???

    I will say it's a good thing the egg shells are nice and hard cause the other day when I was in there one of them popped out an egg and it sounded like someone dropped a rock inside the box
     
  2. MakNat

    MakNat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What bedding are you using? How often do you have to refill?
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If your nest boxes do not have lips on them, consider adding 4-5 inch board across the bottom of the opening... Also, you could try a different bedding???
     
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  4. Dr HaHa

    Dr HaHa Grinning Chicken Lips

    Feb 11, 2009
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    I built a communal nest box 16" by 5' on the north wall of the coop so they could cuddle during the cold weather. They didn't seem to like it at first. Everytime I went in the coop all the straw was kicked out leaving the pine savings. I watched them one day and realized they were going through the straw looking for grain and kicking it out on the floor. Always scratchin!
     
  5. chickeydee

    chickeydee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the out door green carpet . I measure the box add an inch all around and than fold it and sew all around .it works great and the birds love it . If it gets dirty just pull out and clean it off and return it .I wash it every now and than with soap and water let it dry . It has a rubber foam so the eggs will not break .One thing I do not have to keep buying that straw or shavings and you can also add a little de if you want to ..
     

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