nest box bottoms - screened vs solid?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CanadaEh, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Aart, you know me. If I had a serial soft shell layer she would not be around long. I'm surprised you are keeping her but i don't know your motivations. It's not always that easy to figure out which one it is though, I can appreciate that. I can also see your frustration if you are getting a lot of broken eggs.

    I don't have many broken eggs. When I do, clean-up is usually just grabbing the top part of my "hay" and tossing that in the compost. As long as I keep enough "hay" in the nests they don't scratch to the bottom, maybe the longer fibers has something to do with that. If I don't keep tossing fresh stuff in there it does get shredded to the point they can reach the bottom. Even then I hardly ever get cracked eggs let alone broken ones.

    My conclusion was that I don't see any functional advantage of wire bottomed nests the way I use them. I also don't see any functional disadvantage the way I use them. In my opinion this is like many other things on here that people have different opinions about as they strive for the "best". In some unique situations one way may be "best" for them, but for many of us there is no real best. There are just different ways to achieve outstanding results.
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  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    When I had hay in my nest boxes with the wire bottoms or milk crates I had no problems either but you are correct that you must have quite a bit of hay in them. Every once in awhile I scrape out the nest boxes and put fresh shavings in them and the shavings go into my compost. Now I spay the coops once a month with Permethrin spray since I had my first mites this past spring. No more mites so far but then I never had them before last spring. I only found them in one coop but sprayed them all as a preventative hoping they wouldn't spread.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Oh, I knew who..and tried to 'fix it'..but eventually she and another 'troublemaker' went to the processor. I didn't put up with it for too long.
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