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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sky king, Jun 17, 2011.
What is the best thing to put in layin boxes hay/chips/pine straw ?
It's different for different folks, but *I* use pine shavings.
Any of those are fine.
I put in Equine Pine (which comes as pellets, but I put it in a wheelbarrow and add water to 'explode' the pellets before putting in the henhouse) with a "nest" of hay on top. I have horses so the hay is readily available. I like the hay on top b/c it's more nest-like, plus it keeps the eggs from getting shavings all stuck to them.
What ever you choose, remember that you are going to be changing it fairly frequently as the hens seem to like to poo while they are laying. A nest box with a liner that is removable and easily cleaned is very handy and the nest litter really doesn't serve but for something for the hens to kick out and to keep eggs from rolling around anyway
Quote:Huh?? None of mine ever do! My nest box is super clean. I remove the hay and put in fresh every few weeks just to make it fluffy, but it's always perfectly clean.
Thanks every body. IMa try the pine chip cause I have boat loads of it but I thought about hay cause I have a little of it left.
An as far as removeble inserts for the boxes what would you all use ? Milk crates cause I got Alot lol
I use hay and change it out every couple of weeks or when the girls kick it out.
I use home made grass hay, they just love it. It's only dirty when they juvies roost on the nest edge and poo in it. Otherwise, they are always clean.
Anybody ever use wheat or rice straw? Seems to be a lot of it in my area. Just wondering..........Pop