Should I buy nest box liners?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lee3343, Aug 14, 2016.

  1. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    I have had my five hens for 17 weeks now and they are getting that red flush everyone talks about before they begin laying. There are nesting box liners for sale out there. Does anyone use them or should I just use a mat of pine shavings that I already use in my coop? Thanks
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, lee3343, and :welcome. Happy you joined us. Depending on your set up and ability to dispose of old bedding, I prefer wheat straw or pine shaving. They will poop in the nests on occasion and it's easy for me to compost or mulch the used straw. Plus I think they like to customize their nest to their liking - raking around the straw the way they want it. Good luck to you! :)
     
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  3. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi and welcome to BYC! I also just use the pine shavings that are in the rest of the coop, redsoxs gave a great explanation. Thanks for joining us! [​IMG]
     
  4. lee3343

    lee3343 Just Hatched

    Thanks for your prompt replies. I was just afraid that the shavings wouldn't be enough cushion for the eggs. But it's just one less piece of chicken paraphernalia I need to worry about!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Some hens will just throw everything out of the nest box - eggs fare pretty well despite that.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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