Out of shavings, can I use hay in broody nest?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gritsar, May 5, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I'm setting up my broody nest. [​IMG]
    I'm out of pine shavings and can't make a trip to town today.
    I want to use an extra large dog kennel as my broody nest. Instead of covering the floor of the kennel in pine shavings and using hay for the nest on top of that, can I just cover the floor in hay and then add an extra clump of hay formed into a nest? I have a ton of hay and hay is what my girls are used to in their nest boxes.
  2. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Hay is fine!! That's the only thing my grandmother had around the farm to use and is perfectly fine for chickens!!
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Yep, thats what my dad and pappaw uses in thier nest boxes. I even use it sometimes too.
  4. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    Hay is fine. Grass hay is the softest, if you have any.

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