What do you put in your nest boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MissMarple, Aug 23, 2019.

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  1. MissMarple

    MissMarple Songster

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    We won't need them for a while but I'm wondering what material y'all use in your nest boxes. Hay? Straw? Shavings? I don't know what else... What's worked best for you and why? All opinions/options welcome!! :highfive:
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Mine are plastic 'egg crates' on a shelf in a row, and there's a feed bag folded on the bottom, with shavings, straw, or hay on top. usually it's shavings, but it depends on what I have available.
    The birds rearrange everything, and work to remove the bedding, so more goes in as they kick it out.
    Mary
     
  3. MissMarple

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    Never thought about the idea of lining it with something before putting some sort of bedding in! Will definitely make a note of that!
     
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    so lucky Crowing

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    I have hay in mine. I need to put a couple more golf balls in; only have one in one of 3 nests.
     
  5. TropicalBabies

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    I use shredded paper (from our shredder) and top with either our local grass (green panic) or the dropped Timothy hay from our horses bales, or a 1,2,3 combo.
    I like the shredded paper because it pads and shapes nicely, grass gives it a nice berm and i can afford to replace often. Everything composts too.
     
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  6. MissMarple

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    Golf balls to teach them where to lay? I know I've been reading a ton about broodiness and golf balls, wooden and ceramic eggs for both broodiness and showing them where to lay. Do you have success with golf balls?
     
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  7. MissMarple

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    I like all of this! hah! I definitely would love to start a compost. Seems like a waste not to!
     
  8. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Shaving prefer white only
     
  9. Rietta

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    I use hay its easy and quick the change out, I also use ceramic eggs from the craft store (hobby lobby) they are much cheaper than the ones sold for chickens. I keep them in some boxes all the time to deter egg eating. They peck it, and nothing. Also just know, every single hen wants to use the same box.. I have 9 hens and 12 boxes.. they use 2 most of the time. Sometimes I find one in the box and one sitting on top of her :gigThey work it out. Enjoy!
     
  10. TropicalBabies

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    REALLY helps with the poop smell and muck situation. I recommend looking for a compost tumbler on craigslist to start you off. I keep mine in their run and scrape poop daily from the boards, add kitchen greens, coffee grinds, egg shells, leaves... no meat or dairy or oils. :D
    IMG_20190327_092706257 (2).jpg IMG_20190327_085456646_HDR.jpg IMG_20190327_085413825_HDR.jpg IMG_20190327_085655112.jpg can't beat it. :love
     
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