Nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NoraLou, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. NoraLou

    NoraLou New Egg

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    My girls are 3 1/2 months old. I am ready to get their nest boxes in order. What do I line them with?!
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have straw or hay available? Grass clippings?
     
  3. NoraLou

    NoraLou New Egg

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    yes to all of the above!
     
  4. NoraLou

    NoraLou New Egg

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    would the gras clippings be too moist?
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    The grass needs to dry out first. Consider lining the boxes with something softer, like feed bags, under the bedding. Fewer broken eggs that way, because the hens will 'rearrange' the bedding, and pull most of it out, no matter what you do. Mary
     
  6. Cacique500

    Cacique500 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings from tractor supply in kitty litter trays...works great. If they poop in the box, I just take the tray out, clean it, and replace.

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  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    If I was going to let my hens hatch I would dig up a piece of turf a little bigger than the inside of the nest box and about 2 or 3 inches thick. This is the nest pad and it is placed inside the nest with the grass side down. Any straw or hay goes on top of this.
     

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