My 8x20 coop and 20x50 run are done, indoor and outdoor waterers flowing, the birds love it all. Eggs are due in November or thereabouts. I have my 3x3 nest boxes built and ready to install. They have a slight incline so the eggs roll to the back (well, it's the plan, anyway...designed from sketch in the Gail Damerow book - the BOOK), where I can get them through the three horizontal hinged, lockable doors on the coop's outside. I need to figure the lining for the nest boxes. FarmTek sells 12"x13" 'nest pads' (EH1406) for $2.81 each, that look like that green, plastic astro-turf stuff you can buy at Home Depot. The BOOK suggests using excelsior pads. A neighbor just has ratty-looking straw. Questions: 1) is the FarmTek nest pad the same as the plastic stuff from HD? 2) Where can I buy excelsior pads? 3) What are YOU using to line your next boxes?