What do you use for nest material? I have used sand, hay, straw, pine shavings, sawdust, and most recently pine pellets. The hens seemed to like the hay as they would pick at it while they sat but it didn't seem to stay put at the bottom very well for padding. The sand and sawdust seemed to pad well but didn't last very long, along with the pine shavings. I have had pine PELLETS in the nests all winter and they seem to stay put fairly well keep the eggs clean and provide enough padding. I was thinking later I might set up a grouping of nestboxes with the different materials to see if the hens had a preference and acutally compare side to side how each one does. Does anyone else have anything else to suggest for nesting materials? * edited to correct pine shavings to pine pellets.