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Timothy Hay in the Nest Boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vlflower, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. vlflower

    vlflower Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2011
    Altamont, NY
    Is it okay to use Timothy Hay in the nesting boxes? I was planning on getting straw this week when I make my feed and bedding run anyway, but after letting the girls out this morning, I discovered a nest they made in the hay bales that I put outside their coop for the winter!

    I'm sure they just did this yesterday and I already rearranged and blocked it off....boy are they ticked!

    I have some Timothy Hay from the rabbit we had so I was just curious if I could get away with using that in the mean time since they seem to really like hay!

    Thanks a bunch.

  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I used to use hay in the nesting boxes and never had a problem with it. I only stopped using it because I use shavings everywhere else, so I just use those in the boxes now.

    Good luck.
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    The girls will LOVE destroying it![​IMG]
  4. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2010
    Central Oregon
    I use pine shavings in the coop and nesting boxes. They are much better in my opinion.
  5. vlflower

    vlflower Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2011
    Altamont, NY
    Thanks! I'm sure they will love "destroying" it! They kick out everything I've put in there already. And they don't seem to mind laying their eggs in an empty box!

    Gonna go add the hay now and see if the attitudes have gotten better!
  6. gibbysgirls253

    gibbysgirls253 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2011
    I like the smell of the cedar shavings better, but I have been told that it isn't good for chickens. I have been using the pine so far and was curious to know some thoughts on this.
  7. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2011
    Portland OR
    I put hay in and they take it right back out so I switched to pine since I use it in the coop too. One less thing to bring home from the feed store.
  8. Cattitude

    Cattitude Chillin' With My Peeps

    When I first put hay in the Sebright cage, they lay in it and rolled around like they were dustbathing! They will even eat a little of it.
  9. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    Mine seem to prefer hay.
  10. McKenley5

    McKenley5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Mine kept throwing the shavings out of their nesting box, so I switched to straw...same thing...so now I use hay. They have a nice little nest made out of the hay and they don't throw it out. I figure it is because the hay is softer on their little bottoms?? [​IMG]

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