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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittykorat, Jan 17, 2010.
My girls are getting close to laying.. what do you use as nesting material in your nest boxes?
My husband is a carpenter, so I use wood shavings. My friend uses dry leaves.
It may not be the best, but I just use the same wood shavings that we use for the coop floor. It's nice because when it gets dirty, I can just dump it into the coop and replace it, and then we only need one kind of bedding.
You must be getting excited! I was so impatient for our first egg, and when it came, I was SO HAPPY!!!
Pine shavings, light dusting of DE and a layer of hay.
I dump one of those bales of pine shavings into a garbage can so I can easily replenish a soiled nest for the cleanest eggs, and in the garbage can the shavings stay dry until I need them right outside the coop door.
I have used dry leaves and hay, but I like to use dry pine needles (I have a lot of pine trees ). Some of my hens prefer empty nest boxes and will move anything in whatever box she chooses.
I use pine shavings, personally.
Grass clippings for both. Free. Smells good too. Chooks like to eat it until it gets extremely dry and old. And did I forget to say, it is free!
we use hay... works like a charm!