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nesting material?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kittykorat, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. kittykorat

    kittykorat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are getting close to laying.. what do you use as nesting material in your nest boxes?
     
  2. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband is a carpenter, so I use wood shavings. My friend uses dry leaves.
     
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    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!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    Pine shavings, light dusting of DE and a layer of hay.
     
  5. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    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.
     
  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Mississippi
    I have used dry leaves and hay, but I like to use dry pine needles (I have a lot of pine trees [​IMG] ). Some of my hens prefer empty nest boxes and will move anything in whatever box she chooses. [​IMG]
     
  7. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    I use pine shavings, personally.
     
  8. twentynine

    twentynine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    grass hay
     
  9. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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![​IMG]
     
  10. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    Ct.
    we use hay... works like a charm! [​IMG]
     

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