I totally disagree with anything on the floor or ground. I 've been raising hens for over 8 years. We are organic, free range, & pastured. I have 63 hens that loves us as well we love them! My coop gives them 9 square ' per bird. I clean it out twice a week & put D.E. Down. We use milk cartons for nest, 21 total & these girls have always had their favorite. That being said, some have never been used. I have found that NO nesting bed is needed! They really don't need it & now that I stopped using hay or pine they lay more eggs & fewer eggs are cracked The number ONE thing is to keep plenty of fresh WATER & GOOD FOOD for them & your hens will be HEATHLY & HAPPY! Lots of love, talking, & touching them helps as well! Tony, Cheeks Happy Chicks Northeast, TX.