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The Best Material for Lining a Nest Box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by VetsJetsnGuns, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. VetsJetsnGuns

    VetsJetsnGuns Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2008
    My chickens sometimes use the next boxes. I put linoleum tile for the floors, and was lining them with paper from my shredder (best use of junk mail ever) but I think they ate it. As satisifying as it is to see junk mail turned to chicken poop, I figure this is not the best route to go on this.

    SO, What do you use to line your nest boxes? Is there a special technique to it? (ie, how deep, stuff it full and let the chickens do what they like, etc.) Cheap and easy is important.

    (I'm sure somethread like this is out there, but I did honestly spend some time looking for it)
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I prefer pine shavings for my nest boxes. Then when I clean out I compost them for my garden....

    Julie [​IMG]
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  3. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Agreed. Pine shavings ROCK!
  4. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
  5. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    Pine shavings are what I use. Granted, I've not tried anything else but these seem to work for my girls so I'm not going to tinker. I actually have thought about using the shredded paper mixed in with shavings for the floor (I work at a place that shreds lots of stuff) but now am not so sure since you think they eat them.....
  6. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    I use straw or pine shavings.
  7. VetsJetsnGuns

    VetsJetsnGuns Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2008
    we seem to have a consensus. [​IMG]

    I have a 2x4 for a front lip on my nest boxes; how deep should I go with the pine shavings?
  8. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    desert of calif
    .. straw or bermuda grass hay fallings (off the bales) from my horses feed...
  9. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    Don't buy a great, big bag of pine shavings the first time, though, unless you have other uses for it, too (like the coop floor, etc. ). I tried it with mine, and they would have no part of it, and started to lay on the coop floor (where the straw was). Wheat straw works best for mine (and I love the way their brown eggs look in that natural-looking weat straw nest).
  10. VetsJetsnGuns

    VetsJetsnGuns Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2008
    I think I'm going to experiment: I'm going to put straw in one, pine shavings in one, clean lawn leaves* in one, and leave one empty (bare linoleum tile floor). We'll see what they do.

    *I've got the deep litter thing going on; my floor is pine saw dust, mostly chopped leaves from the lawn and a little ash from the pellet stove every now and again.

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