1. wannabevet

    wannabevet New Egg

    Apr 4, 2016
    Empire, MN
    Anyone use the plastic nesting pads? Thoughts? Thinking of changing from the excelsior pads to plastic because I am tired of the waste because my girls think it is great to poop in their boxes. The plastic would be washable but not sure they would like them. Or use outdoor carpeting? I want something I can clean with a hose. (side funny this reminds me of the argument of cloth versus disposable diapers in children lol)
  2. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    I use corrugated cardboard.

    They should not be pooping in the nest. If so, it is something that must and can be fixed.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I had never heard of nesting pads - had to google them! I'm surprised your chickens will lay in boxes without hay or other bedding. As ECBW mentioned, they should not be pooping in the nest boxes - in the evening time, you may need to put cardboard at the opening to keep them from sleeping inside. Hopefully, after doing that for a week, they will have been broken of roosting in there???

    But outdoor carpet/astroturf should work fine if nesting pads is what you like....
  4. 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. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
    Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

    I have 65 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop

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