Need advice for final touches to my coop/nesting box floor material.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by E. Buzz Miller, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. E. Buzz Miller

    E. Buzz Miller Out Of The Brooder

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    I plan on doing a full report from beginning to end on my new coop but in the meantime, I only have to add the pine chips/shavings to the coop floor but I'm concerned about space for my nesting box. The actual height entering it is 10.5 inches x 28" across. I don't want to take up anymore space trying to fit a plastic box or container in there for the hen to lay her eggs. I've got linolium layed down already, should I just put some shavings down in there & let them make the best of it? Or is there a better alternative?

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    BTW, I'm a newbie to this hobby & have spent the last 4 weeks building my 1st coop & run. I will be bringing 2-3 hens home later this week & will post up my story.
    Thanks.

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    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011
  2. BetterHensandGardens

    BetterHensandGardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. RGWright

    RGWright Out Of The Brooder

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    Pine shavings will work. I personally like and use stray, as it's a softer material and helps prevent the eggs from cracking. You could put a divider in that box, and make it two nest boxes (12 inches width is fine).
     
  4. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the deep litter method, shavings is all I use and I LOVE IT!!!!!

    Before I used hay, that got ugly and mucky....and stunk, and it got all matted down, I also learned that the hay can habor mites/lice in it, since its like a straw and hollow, also got real brittle and hurt!!! Ever since shavings, I can just sift throught the mess with a rake, kind of like a kitty litter scoop....and it doesnt stink at all, I change it once a year ...no flies, no stink, I do put DE in it for mites/lice and bug keep away.
     
  5. Rebecky54

    Rebecky54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is stray...I'm not familiar with it.

    Thanks,

    becky
     
  6. Rebecky54

    Rebecky54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is stray...I'm not familiar with it.

    Thanks,

    becky

    Sorry, I think I figured it out.....STRAW!! Jokes on me.

    I use both, but I like straw or grass hay in the winter to keep the eggs from freezing. However, if an egg breaks, it's a mess!

    Becky
     

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