should I line my nesting box with HAY or STRAW?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 1newchickontheblock, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. 1newchickontheblock

    1newchickontheblock Songster

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    Or something else...? Thanks!
     
  2. MKKimmen

    MKKimmen In the Brooder

    We've always used Straw.
     
  3. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

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    I use straw.
     
  4. Laurieks

    Laurieks Where did the time go???

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    whatever you have that's clean & soft.
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  5. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Songster

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    Try using which ever one you don't use for the floor covering. When I tried using pine bedding in their nests they started laying eggs on the pine bedding on the floor.

    So I use stale horse hay from the barn.
     
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  6. GermanChick

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    I use "home made hay" aka dried grass clippings from mowing ......... We have quite a bit of land to mow so in some parts it gets quite long and that is what I use for bedding, not the super short kinda dusty stuff.
     
  7. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

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    Quote:Thank you for this! I had been curious because I use shavings on the coop floor, but also in the nestboxes. And I could hardly tell where the boxes started because of the same bedding! I will look into cheap straw or hay.
     
  8. 1newchickontheblock

    1newchickontheblock Songster

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    Thank you all! I, too, use shavings for the coop bedding, and felt the boxes should have something different....( I especially liked that idea of using dried grasses - way to recycle!!) [​IMG]
     
  9. BankerJohn

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  10. woodmort

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    Oat straw--with 8 nests a bale lasts about a year.
     

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