Survey: Pine Shavings, Hay, or Straw in Nest Boxes (Cold Weather Climate) ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by olepackrat, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. Pine Shavings

    12 vote(s)
  2. Hay

    4 vote(s)
  3. Straw

    1 vote(s)
  4. A mixture (Please elaborate)

    2 vote(s)
  5. Other (Please elaborate)

    2 vote(s)
  1. olepackrat

    olepackrat Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 13, 2016
    Central Kentucky
    I'm building my first coop/run and have been reading the forums on this and the answers are quite varied, which might be due to climate, or just chicken/personal preference. Given that it is hard to "count" the answers among many posts/threads, and after searching several search results on Quizzes that didn't seem to really cover this topic in a quiz/survey form, I thought I'd try to put this out there.

    Many thanks in advance! [​IMG]
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    There are practically as many answers to this question as their are chicken ranchers.

    In my coop I use pine shavings as bedding when available. Some times I have to use wood pellets.
    Nest boxes
    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new. Feed bags are a nylon mesh bag.
    Frozen poop just peels off in below freezing temperatures and just flakes off in summer when left out in the sun to bake and dry.

    I have 66 trips around the sun it is the best method I have stumbled upon.

    Make sure the twine is removed from the open end of the bag it can get tangled around your birds.

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016
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  3. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    In my nest boxes, I use plain cheapie plastic dishpans with a half-moon cut out for easy entry.
    I fill them with shavings. Easy to remove them for cleaning when necessary.
  4. hje007

    hje007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2015
    SW Pennsylvania
    My absolute favorite bedding is dried grass clippings. Soft fluffy and perfect in the nest boxes! Unfortunately those are not available year round so at other times I use a mix of pine shavings and hay in the coop and run. Shavings go in the nest boxes in winter.
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  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My vote for "Other".

    I use shredded mail, no glossy or metallic inks.
    1 person likes this.
  6. worms7

    worms7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2015
    I use shavings in coop. Shavings &
    a bit of straw in nest box shavings on bottom straw on top
    cheers Phil
    1 person likes this.
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Many things will work, it does boil down to personal preference.
    Don't over think it, pick one and try it..... if you don't like it, try something else.

    I like a flake of straw, shoved in tight and 'bowled' out in center, stays together nicely for cushion.....
    .... except for when pullets start laying, they will dig thru anything.
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  8. Korzak

    Korzak Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2014
    This is our first year with chickens. We have been using pine shavings about 6" deep, hoping to do the deep litter method. Nothing is decomposing, though, and I had to swap out half the used shavings for fresh stuff, because it was starting to have an ammonia odor in the coop. I am going to start working in some grass clippings and see if that helps.
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    But this survey is about nest bedding.....not coop bedding.

    You wouldn't want to do a composting deep litter in the nests.
    It will take more than just shavings and grass clippings to get composting going.
    Here's a great description of contents and how to manage organic 'bedding' in a run or coop...and there's a great video of what it looks like.
  10. Korzak

    Korzak Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2014

    D'OH! Thanks for the help! How often do you change out the bedding in the nests? Our girls just started laying two weeks ago, and I have pine shavings in the nest boxes, too.

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