Preferred nest box bedding?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dfdesigns, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. dfdesigns

    dfdesigns Indigo Ridge Farm

    Sep 20, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    New to chickens... sorry if this is completely common knowledge!

    My four girls free range all day, and then come into a large coop at night. There are six nesting boxes in there, which I have deeply bedded with shavings and a few golf balls. (No one is laying yet. Close, I think, but nothing yet.) Most of the pictures I see here show nesting boxes with straw, not shavings... have I missed the bedding boat? Should I switch over to straw?

    Thanks so much!

    Dana in San Diego

  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I have shavings in mine, because that's what I have. It's just fine, although they kick it all over and I'm going to have to put a higher lip on the nest box to keep it in.
  3. Citychick42

    Citychick42 In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2010
    I have shavings in mine too. Im fairly new to the chicken world as well but my blrw's lay fine in there nesting boxes. (just started laying) Hope that helps!
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I don't have a source for hay or straw, so I buy and use the pine shavings I use for brooders and the coop for the nest boxes, as well. Works fine enough for my birds. And easy to clean, too - don't need to discard as much when just a bit of the pine shavings get soiled.

    Put it in nice and deep and the girls will nestle down into it.

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