Nesting box bedding

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

  1. hope524

    hope524 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Premium Member

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    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.
     
  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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! Premium Member

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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...
     

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