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Nesting Box ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lunkerchicken, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    My little ladies should begin laying soon and I had a question about lining the nesting box floor. As of right now, my nesting boxes are boarded up so the girls don't use it to sleep in. I have a foam mat secured to the floor of each box but wanted to put something on top. I use pine shavings on the main coop floor and wanted to use something different. Any suggestions? Hay? Straw? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I would eliminate the foam pad and only use the shavings. They will foul the nest and the foam will attract and hold the moisture and odors.
     
  3. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    shavings...straw and hay get hot...and also they have tunnels like a reg. straw and they draw lice/mites in them...
     
  4. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great info - thanks for the tips....
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  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I was thinking about buying those new nesting pads, I forget what they are made of, but they are washable and breathable. Have you seen those?
     
  6. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Wisconsin
    This is what I use with pine shavings. Easy to clean. I put old plastic trays on the top for the poop.


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  7. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I use a gray plastic nest pad that looks like a the plastic grass door mats. I found the best price at www.Cutlersupply.com. It is very easy to clean. I just hit it against the side of something and the droppings fall off. Occasionally I wash them. It is made so that all of the "grass" ends point in on direction and since I use rollout nest boxes it aids in the eggs leaving the nest box.
     

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