Nesting material

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sengge, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Sengge

    Sengge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2013
    Silver Spring, MD
    Has anyone tried using dried leaves in the coop / nesting box instead of wood shavings, sawdust or straw / hay?

    Pls let me know if it makes sense
    Is it safe to assume that since some leaves are more acidic than others (e.g. oak) hence they prevent mite build up??
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Some people even use shredded paper...I would think leaves would be OK- haven't tried it myself though. I use sand currently.
  3. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2013
    I use shavings but use to use nice soft green hay but they were pulling it all out and eating it so no more hay.
  4. farmchickutah

    farmchickutah Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2013
    I use a mixture of leaves and pine shavings. It has worked well. I use a little hay too when I clean up after my horses. They like the hay too.
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I have been using straw for years but I still have some hens who
    go out of their way to lay egg's in the sand..... The biggest decision
    for where a chicken leaves her egg's is the chicken .......

    gander007 [​IMG]
  6. Sengge

    Sengge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2013
    Silver Spring, MD
    Great friends, leaves are good as agreed....will try to mow / shred them next time and store in dry place for the winter, why to waste them in trash bags when could be used for hens
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new..In the winter poop freezes and peals of the bags.

    Easy Peasy
  8. DallasCriftins

    DallasCriftins Chillin' With My Peeps

    In the coop and run I use almost anything
    Sand, Shavings Leaves, Dry garden shredding wood ash

    I never use Hay in the coop but I do in the run
    it goes mouldy far too quickly in closed spaces like a coop ditto for wet grass clippings

    In the nest boxes I use chopped straw but I will soon be switching to astro turf
    as shown here


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