So I changed the nesting boxes to straw and they are making a mess!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nuttyredhead, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    The coop floor is shavings, under the roosts is sand. I thought i would put straw in the boxes...all they do is through it out! My coop is a MESS!!!!! I thought straw would be better, usually they scratch the shavings and end up laying their eggs on the nesting box floor....

    Anything else i can try??? Or is it normal for them to throw the straw out? Maybe rebeling against the change lol.....
  2. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    Shavings? If you have them, use them.
  3. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Quote:I used them prior to this, but they used to push them around so much and lay their eggs on the wood underneath....
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I use straw and don't have the mess you discribe. One thing I did that I don't know if it mattered is to put the straw in the nest in a circlular pattern. Sorta like the swirl look of a hurricane from those weather planes. That way I figured the shaping of the nest I'd take away from them. For me it seems to have worked. I've not had one that I know of to scratch in the nest. I put the nest egg in the middle and they just walk in, plop down and do their thing. Other than that I don't know what to say. I am going to put a thick piece of cardboard on the bottom for the winter cold. I think that would help some. My nest boxes are outside the coop so the bottoms are exposed. I may just insulate the bottom.[​IMG]

    Good luck.
  5. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    Hmmm...I have straw in mine and while they pulled some out when I first filled the boxes with it, they leave it be now and just nest in it.
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Put some carpet scraps on the bottom.

    They will dig out a nest no matter what you use
  7. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    I use shavings, too and they do push the shavings around trying to make a bowl-shape nest.

    They don't seem to mind the hard bottom, BUT if you're noticing eggs being broken, you may want to pad the bottom of the box.

    You can throw in some lawn clippings on the bottom and push the shavings on top and around to give it that bowl-shape if you want.

  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I use either as either work equally well, but the nesting box needs to have a good 3" lip on the front to help hold the bedding in. And yes, many hens kick out the bedding, no matter what it is.
  9. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    I posted this video of my Icelandic hens on my blog yesterday. It might help to see what they do when you aren't looking.
  10. Mama Hen Chris

    Mama Hen Chris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Peoria, AZ
    I had the same problem you are describing. The girls would kick out just about all their shavings onto the floor. A BYCer ( can't remember who) had suggested excelsior nest pads from

    I decided to give it a try and it was the best decision I made. The floor is not full of shavings anymore. I put them in on October 7th and they are still intact after 5 weeks.

    The floor one week after the nesting pads were placed.

    Top row of nesting boxes

    Close up of nesting pad.

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