Plastic nesting boxes

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  1. jeansweezey

    jeansweezey Chirping

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    I have had chickens for over thirty years. Currently I have a flock of 36 chickens and decided it was time to get new nesting boxes. I got 8 separate plastic nesting boxes with perches and they look great. There is only one problem--the bottom is slippery, the nesting material gets kicked out easily, and I have noticed broken eggs. Is there something I can line the bottom of the boxes with to solve this problem?
     
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  2. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Have you tried folding up some feed bags to the size of the box and putting that at the bottom? I don't know if they'll stay put if it's that slippery but worth a try, and free to boot.
     
  3. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    Hello and :welcome Good to have you here.

    For the nest boxes, how about non slip mat like the stuff advertised for car dashboards?
     
  4. N F C

    N F C is it nap time yet?

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    :welcome

    I've never used the plastic nest boxes but it seems I've read of people using old carpet squares to line them with...maybe that's a possibility?
     
  5. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    DDA3CE98-3BDC-4346-8363-F5FF95625E92.jpeg Or... I don’t know why I didn’t mention this as I use it in my new roll out nest boxes... fake grass! Must say I’m getting spotlessly clean eggs now.
     
  6. MarcieR

    MarcieR In the Brooder

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    I have the plastic nest boxes, also. I put in a square of fake grass and then straw this winter. Clean eggs until mud season began!
     
  7. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:ya to have you join the family.Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
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  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G'Day from down under jeansweezey :frowNice to meet you!

    We have plastic nest boxes and I have not had any issues with nesting material or eggs getting kicked out but that is probably because my gals spend more time broody than they do actually laying eggs :gig
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    :welcome:yesss:
     
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  10. jeansweezey

    jeansweezey Chirping

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    Thanks! I will try it!
     
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