Straw, hay, or shavings in nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reddog1970, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. reddog1970

    reddog1970 Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Cape Cod
    Hi there,

    We have 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 barred rocks, and 2 Rhode Island Reds. Not anywhere near egg laying age yet, but planning ahead and wondering if it is just personal preference (owner and chicken) or is one better then the other? I have read conflicting things about straw and hay and that one can harbor bacteria.

  2. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use shavings in my nest boxes. When my silkie decides to go broody and I decide to let her hatch, I switch her over to hay in her nest. It's a signal that she can set. Otherwise I pull the eggs and she gets no hay. I can break broody fast by using this method.

    I have never heard anything about bacteria, just keep it clean [​IMG]
  3. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    [​IMG]:welcome I use saw chips in my coop so I use saw chips in my nest makes it simple.
  4. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    We have used pine shavings here from day one with no complaints.
  5. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    east texas
    We use hay or pine straw
  6. Lyssa

    Lyssa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2011
    Albuquerque, NM
    I use hay, but I'll probably be moving to pine shavings in the next few weeks.

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