Nest materials?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sugar pants, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. sugar pants

    sugar pants In the Brooder

    Apr 28, 2009
    What do chickens want in the nest box? I've got pine shavings in the coop (thinking of trying coir next) but I'm not sure what to put in the nest box. More shavings..or hay or straw or something more nestlike?
  2. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Shavings work, I like them better then hay or straw, with hay/straw they pushed it all to the sides and broke a lot of eggs on the bottom of the nest boxes.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2009
  3. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    Mine push shavings around more than straw... but they are dryer. I'd line the bottom with straw, and then put shavings on top... best of both worlds!
  4. Earl Grey Sian

    Earl Grey Sian In the Brooder

    Shredded paper, my ladies seem happy with that. Good way to dispose of confidential documents too, after all, no one is going to try and decipher shreddings after they've been in a hen house for a day or two! [​IMG]
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Has anyone tried those new nest pads they sell?
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    An old scrap of carpet in the bottom will help with the broken egg problem.

    Indoor/Outdoor would be ideal, and just cover it with hay

    Lowe's sells an "anti-fatigue" mat that is rubber with large holes, and can easily be cut to fit nest boxes. I use pieces of that in my rabbit cages as resting pads

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