straw or pine shavings in nest boxes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Finn's Mom, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I couldn't decide if this was a coop or management issue, so sorry if I'm in the wrong place! My girls are getting to the egg laying age and I've had pine shavings in the coop up until this time (including the nest boxes). Should I add straw to them or are pine shavings ok?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I've used both in the nesting boxes, depending on what I have clean when I need fresh material. They don't seem to mind either way.
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    I think mine prefer straw because they can rearrange it more easily, but they use either one without a fuss. Usually I put pine shavings under the straw to absorb any accidentally broken eggs.
  4. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2009
    I put a handful of shavings on the bottom and fill the rest with straw. My ladies just LOVE to make those perfect little nests, carefully arranging each piece until it is perfect. Absolutely amazing, I think!
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I use pine shavings, just because I think it is cleaner.
    Because of the curing process, straw is filled with mildew spores that only need a little moisture to activate.
  6. crazy chook

    crazy chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2010
    Langwarrin, Victoria
    Quote:Same! I do both, my girls kick it all around till it's to their liking.

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