Need something soft to line the nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CoffeeCow, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I just got back from collecting eggs, and one of my ee's had moved all the nesting materials out of the way and dropped her egg on the bare wood...
    What does everyone use on the bottom of the boxes?
     
  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could get the hay mats.
     
  3. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw because I get it free from a farmer down the road. I give him a dozen eggs every 2 weeks more if he needs them.
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have a piece of old carpet under lots of pine shavings.
     
  5. Beckyinma

    Beckyinma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From Home Depot I got one of those $2 front door mats, black one, about 16"x 24" and cut into 3 strips, makes 3 box liners. works great! and since it's indoor/outdoor, it can be hosed off and won't make a mess.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    That drawer liner stuff works well too. It's a spongy material that people also use in their incubators when they hatch. And it's cheap.
     
  7. CoffeeCow

    CoffeeCow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ooh! I have some of that ..(somewhere) great idea [​IMG]
     
  8. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Quote:Not sure if this is the same stuff as what Happy Chooks is talking about but I know that they have foam craft sheets at Walmart that are really inexpensive. I might have to try this under my pine shavings. Since I put a board up in front of the nest boxes they don't kick all the shavings out any more either.
     
  9. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I shred up old newspapers in my paper shredder... it's warm, free bedding and it composts wonderfully!
    As an added bonus, the long shreds entertain the girls. They throw them around like kids with streamers.
     
  10. Siler

    Siler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do the same thing Ohhhdear. [​IMG] I shred up old newspaper doesn't matter whether it's the sales ads or the regular paper. I shred it by hand. I had an incident once when I jammed it too much. I wont do that again so I do it by hand and it tears easily. It's cheap especially when I gather it from relatives each week. I pull out the old and put in the new. The girls almost giggle in it and it's fun to watch them disappear inside of the pile. [​IMG]
     

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