Nest box fillers? can I use other things?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fishnet1971, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Has anyone used anything other than straw in their nest boxes? I have a huge supply of shredded paper from work, and wondered if it would be suitable, or if it would get to wet and yeuchy.
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  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    Wood shavings, Spanish moss, many things work. Shredded paper should work fine too, just make sure it is thick enough to give a good cushion to the egg when it is laid. Thye will scratch out a hollow for the nest. If you try it and don't like it, what have you lost?
     
  3. Siler

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    I've been using shredded newspaper for months now and they move it around easily to make new nests. I replace it every once and a while as needed.
     
  4. Shannon's Chix

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    I love using sand...it seems to keep the eggs cleaner than anything else I've tried!
     
  5. flowerchicks

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    My boxes don't have a high enough edge to keep shavings or straw from falling out. I was using an old bath mat I had cut into squares to fit the boxes. When I ran out of those I started using old towels. They don't get that dirty and when they do, I just wash them. It is practically maintenance free [​IMG]
     
  6. I like the idea of old towels. I used to use them with my pet rat a few years back and they worked great too. I just thought since i have a shredder here at work i would make the most of it! and when i compost it with the chips from their floor, it would be awesome for the garden too.! Well, we will just have to see what they are picky for. thanks [​IMG]
     
  7. mamabigbird

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    At first I used the pine shavings that I use on the floor but they started laying their eggs on the floor too so now I put straw on top of the shavings and make a little dent in the middle for them. The shavings make it cushy and cozy but they stopped laying on the floor. I think you could do the same with shredded paper and yeah it would be fine in the compost. I also use some old hay that was no good for the horses.
     

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