What do you all use to line the nesting box?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kkkkatie, May 19, 2008.

  1. kkkkatie

    kkkkatie Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone use those plastic nesting pads from Murray Mc? They seem like they'd be easy to clean. I still have my chicks in the brooder, so I have time to decide what to use, but I'd love to hear from you.
     
  2. k625

    k625 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use plain shavings in the boxes, by I have a dog house inside of my run/coop, and my polish like to roost on the roof, so I went out and bought the cheap cheap clear plastic tarp stuff, from ace hardware, but any store sells that. I just hose it off, and when it gets really bad I just cut a new piece. Works well, the poop and things dont even really adhere to the plastic [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickenCop

    ChickenCop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Straw and I dust the boxes with DE
     
  4. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use straw.
     
  5. Sahara

    Sahara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use hay or straw and on occasion I use pine straw.
     
  6. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is straw better than pine shavings? And I have several pine trees, so could I use their dropped needles? That's the same thing as purchased pine straw, isn't it?

    I thought about the plastic pads from MM, but think I prefer something that I can just toss into the compost pile or around plantings.
     
  7. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used straw for a while, but the chickens just kept stratching it out every day so I use pine shavings now. My mom has always used pine shavings
     
  8. Sahara

    Sahara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rt. 66 chick, We have several pine trees in our area and I utilize the needles for lining the biddy cages and the nesting boxes.
     
  9. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay....I have an abundance of it; seems to work well for the nesting boxes. For the run floor, I use is, but break it up a bit...throw in scratch in the late afternoon so the chickens stir it up to dry...Works well; no smell.
     
  10. Ringo71

    Ringo71 Out Of The Brooder

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    Dumb question incoming...

    What is DE? lol
     

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