Nesting box bedding

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hope524, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. hope524

    hope524 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2014
    What do you suggest for bedding in a nesting box? Hay, straw or shavings? Or something else. I'm trying to figure out which one to set in the nesting boxes that will be comfortable for my hens. Thanks for your help.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I guess it's whatever works best for you. I've always preferred a nice grass hay (not always easy to get) - it's soft and has a really pleasant smell.
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  3. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    Me too. We have always used plain old hay on the coop floor, but we buy the more expensive grass hay for the nests. Straw is way too prickly on their little fuzzy butts in my opinion!

    Shavings, I believe, are comfy and many people use them. I would too but we are unable to source any where we are.

    I guess it comes down to what you can lay your hands on and how much you can afford to pay. Generally straw will be the cheapest around our area, but like I said, the hens are reluctant to settle down in it. Fussy fuzzy's!

    - Krista
  4. silkymom

    silkymom Songster

    Nov 20, 2009
    i use shaveings on bottom, in summer i rake up grass clippings after their dry, they smell good, in winter i still use the pine but use straw i make into kinda a bowl for them they seem to like it,
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I use straw, shuffling/flattening it a bit so no ends stick up.
    It makes a nice 'bowl' that stays in place, less likely to get scratched thru to the the hard bottom of the nest.
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  6. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    I use pine shavings on the coop floor, 8-12 inches deep.

    I use shredded junk mail in the nesting boxes, often changing it out as I get so much...
  7. shorttimer

    shorttimer Chirping

    Aug 25, 2014
    Morro Bay, Ca
    I don't have access to grass. I was really hoping for other answers to hay & straw. My girls eat it and end up with sour crop and killed one of them. I have been very sad over that for more than a year. I'm still looking for a good substitute for hay cause another one of my girls has come down with sour crop again. Over the years it's been a challenge to rid sour crop from them & have tried many things. That's another subject, though. I've racked my brain trying to think of something they won't eat, that ends up rolling into a ball inside their crop, and yet is natural. Maybe I should stop that way of thinking and use anything that they won't want to consume.
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    What do you use for bedding on the floor of your coop?
    Use that in the nests too.

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