nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ga_goat, May 6, 2011.

  1. ga_goat

    ga_goat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Lowndes County Ga
    What will stay in the nest box for the chickens to lay on instead of the hard pine board ?
    already tried these - hay - pine straw - ¼" thick foam rubber stapled down - moss - sand - sherdded paper ,, all these with a 2" bar across the front of the box ,, they seem to make a contest out of who can get everything out and on the ground first . only about ½ of them use the boxes the rest lay on the ground in the corner of the henhouse .
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Mine scratch out pine shavings and leave hay in there; that's all I've ever tired. But I use a 1x4 across the front, so 3.5" of board plus a small space under it so I can clean it out more easily.
  3. mstrawn3

    mstrawn3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    Princeton, Texas
    I use a combination of hay and pine shavings. My nests have a three inch lip on the front so the nest material stays in pretty well. [​IMG]
  4. cottage19

    cottage19 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 20, 2010
    Eastern PA
    I have given up trying to understand why our 7 girls do what they do. On any given day I find: 1. all eggs in the nest boxes 2. some in nests/some on floor. 3. some in nests/some on floor/some on poop board. 4. none in nests - all divided between floor, outside and/or occasionaly one or two on the workbench in barn.

    Our girls have a spacious coop with nice nest boxes and a large attached run for the days they can't free range. Most days they are free to roam from sunup to sundown. They seem happy and are very social. As stated above - I just plain give up trying to figure out why they change their laying habits every now and then - I just chalk it up to chicken logic.[​IMG]
  5. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Well, in my opinion I'm going to be using pine shavings. Our nesting boxes has a "lip" to somewhat help so it all doesn't flow out. Now some will still get on the floor from their scratching but I just haven't bothered to use anything else.
  6. featherbaby

    featherbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    Quote:Face it....Chickens are sweet and cute, but they ain't smart.

    I think that's one of the things I find most endearing about them. They have no hidden agendas, no guile, they just go along in life: fat, dumb and happy. I should be more like that, I'd be a lot less stressed.

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