Nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Obyli, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Obyli

    Obyli Chirping

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    If i prepare a nesting box. Can i use a regular shoe box and put wood shavings beddings in the shoe box? Is this be a good enough nesting box?
     

  2. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

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    I wouldn't think that it would be sturdy enough. If you have large fowl, they will probably break through one of the sides when they are scratching around preparing their nest. [​IMG]
     
  3. What kind of birds do you have?

    You could a drawer. I use a drawer big enough for Mama Hen, chicks, food & water. With room to move a bit.


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  4. Obyli

    Obyli Chirping

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    I have 1 leghorn hen which is 16 weeks and 1 day. I also have silkies hen/roo i dunno yet because they are also 16 weeks. But will shavings work?
     

  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

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    Shavings work well for my hens.
     
  6. Obyli

    Obyli Chirping

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    how long do i have to change the shavings? How often?
     
  7. RaZ

    RaZ Crowing Premium Member

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    Think something more sturdy than a cardboard box.
    You can use a reclaimed drawer as suggested, or a milk crate on it's side. Even 5-gallon buckets, cut in half will work.

    If you are handy, you can build your own. I'll recycle pallets and/or scrap wood to practice my wood working joinery skills.
     

  8. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Songster

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    Im so eggcited..[​IMG]. the weather was under 90 today and I got my 1st EGG [​IMG] . I have as a nest box a med sized dog house filled with shavings.. they had been going in and bedding, nesting, but today is my first egg, my one wht leghorn, Twin..
    so yeah they like the shavings.. worked great.. [​IMG]

    )O( blessed be
    Pink
     
  9. Obyli

    Obyli Chirping

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    Grats pink!
    I am also waiting for my white leghorn to lay. Do u mind posting your white leghorn pic i want to see if mine is like yours. My white leghorn is 16 weeks.


    How often do i have to change my shaving?
     

  10. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

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    I am awaiting my eggs also, I only have one so far...I use shavings...I would think when it gets soiled, just make sure it is several inches thick, they like to dig and scratch around to make a little nest to sit in
     

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