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Nesting and Bedding for Laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sven, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. sven

    sven Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey!

    What is the best nesting, bedding for chickens? I know chickens sometimes make a mistake of eating straw and therefore effecting its crop

    but i also heard chickens make a mistake of eating pine shaveings and giveing them slivers and unhealthy particles.

    I use pine pellets for the overall coop but its not very comfortable for laying for the chicken...and of course i do want my chickens to be comfortable.

    Any ideas?

    thanx
     
  2. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens would lay on concrete. I don't really think they care about how comfortable something is. I use straw, sometimes hay.
     
  3. sven

    sven Out Of The Brooder

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    Well humans would sit on concrete....doesn't mean its comfortable [​IMG]

    I think i'll try hay or straw sense I do have alot. I just hope i wont have to perform some weird surgery on them to fix their crop. [​IMG]

    But then again I am a type of person to worry about simple things. haha
     
  4. Fuzz Fuzz

    Fuzz Fuzz Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm using chopped straw. I use it for everything, it's nice and soft and it is almost dust free (mostly importend for my own health). It's in the nests and on the floor of the coop.
     
  5. The Old Whittler

    The Old Whittler Out Of The Brooder

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    I've used straw and they pulled it out of the nest. Then I changed to pine shavings and the either kicked it out or ate it. I ended up using old carpet cut to size for the nest boxes and it seems to work great, my girls seem to like it just fine.
     

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