Nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Karen711, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be using sand in my coop & run but would appreciate any info on what you think is best for the nesting boxes?? Straw?? Hay?? Pine Shavings??
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I use both hay and shavings, sometimes just shavings, sometimes I mix the two, I use the hay to form the bowl and the shavings in the middle. It can depend on how vigorous your hens are in the boxes. I would try what's easier for than switch it if it doesn't work. Shavings have more cushion to them but are kicked out easier. Hay can mat down quickly and encourage mites if not changed regularly.
     
  3. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info :)
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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  5. punkiss

    punkiss Out Of The Brooder

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    Exactly how high off the coop floor can the nesting boxes be ?
     
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  7. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there, the bag and that's it? Nothing else??
     
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  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Personally i use dry grass clippings and leaves for both the nest boxes and under the roost - its free, so why bother spending money on stuff when its not necessary?

    CT
     
  9. Karen711

    Karen711 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting.... May do that in the summer then :)
     
  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Different people use hay, straw, wood shavings, Spanish moss, grass clippings, leaves, carpet, shredded paper, rags, and who knows what else. Many different things can work but I go along with CT. What’s available and inexpensive?

    Some people are quite happy with nests sitting on the coop floor. Some like them high enough so they don’t have to bend over to get the eggs. Do you have a bad back? Some people have the nests somewhere in between. I have no idea what is best for you. Are you going to go into the coop to gather eggs or will you have outside access? Will your hens be hatching in those nests? Do you have Silkies that can’t fly? How big is your coop and how many chickens do you have (is floor space that critical to you?)

    The main idea is to make them convenient for you. I find people care about this more than the chickens, but it can affect your comfort and convenience.
     

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