What do you line your nest boxes with?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by IggiMom, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    Just hay, or should I use something else? I am getting some new nest boxes soon, instead of the makeshift things I have been using, and wondered what everyone does.

    It seems to me as if Grandma just used hay.
     
  2. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
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    I use wheat straw
     
  3. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    Some people use straw but I see no purpose for it. I like things that serve more than one purpose. I use bermuda hay in my boxes. Not only does it make a soft pretty nest but they eat it too. [​IMG]
     
  4. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put pine shavings down first with some diatamacious earth(sp) then the hay. The d.e. helps keep bugs out. And sometimes they kick out most of the hay. My ladies were happy with this for almost a year.but now mine have given up on nest boxes completely and all lay in one hen-made nest in the corner. After a week or two of frustration, dgd said "granma, as long as they lay, who cares where." so i'm not stressin any longer. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  5. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just plain Straw, works great!
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I use the plastic nest liners in my rollout nest and they work great. Very easy to clean.
     
  7. scarter

    scarter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use hay cause we have it around. I just get the stuff that falls out when we feed the other animals.
     
  8. Slywoody

    Slywoody Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Straw & DE
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I use hay, cheap and plentiful around here.
    When I clean the nest boxes out I throw the hay out to the cows. Instant recycling.
     
  10. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    pine shavings. but after reading this post I might switch to hay! we make our own shavings!
     

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