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nesting box question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by raspeary, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. raspeary

    raspeary Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Cortland New York
    my husband wants to know, if shavings would work in the nesting boxes.....

    we differ in opinions, i said hay or straw would be better cause the hens would be able to build a nest better.

  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    shavings work just fine a lot of people use them
  3. animal_lover03

    animal_lover03 Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    I use pine shavings, but either one is fine.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I use hay. I used to use pine shavings, but like hay much better. Other than a stray strand or two that the hens pull out and play with while laying, the hay stays in place alot better than the shavings ever did.
  5. I use pine shavings. For me, its easier to keep clean and my girls are perfectly comfortable with it.

  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

  7. Hippie Chickie

    Hippie Chickie Songster

    Mar 24, 2009
    Port Orchard
    I use a base of shavings and then put some hay on top. the girls like the hay better than just shavings but would push so much out of the box that I didn't feel there was enough cushion. they leave the shavings alone under the hay.

  8. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    Aspin shavings (I like the smell better).

    The hens make a little nest in the shavings.

    The shavings are easier to clean. If they accidently poo, which rarely happens, you just grab the clump and the box is clean again.
  9. mxpres

    mxpres Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    I was cleaning one nest box and didnt have any fresh straw handy so I used pine shaving from the bag,my hens refused to lay in the shavings,I have three other nest boxes but this was their favorite.I removed the shavings and replaced the straw and they started using it again,,picky birds,and stubborn,, [​IMG]
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:They can get very set in their ways and Lord help the silly chicken keeper that tries to upset their routine. [​IMG]

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