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What do you use in your coops and nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pattee, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been putting straw and chips in my coop (mostly straw) I thought that was the best thing for them (?)... and the nesting boxes what have you all found to be the best thing to put in them? Newspaper, straw, chips, old clothes??? [​IMG]

    It seems I have so much straw and chips it gets hard for them to scratch. [​IMG]

    My chicks are 6 weeks old.
    Thanks~ [​IMG]
     
  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I have found that a plastic milk crate works great for nest boxes. They are the right size for most hens and easy to clean. I fill mine with pine chips, when it is time to clean them, pick them up and take them outside, dump any droppings and dirty
    chips, replace and fill back up.
     
  3. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    pine shavings. [​IMG]
     
  4. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shaving in both coop and boxes? Hmmmm not straw at all huh? [​IMG]
     
  5. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

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    Yep only pine shavings. No straw.
     
  6. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL: yiipchick
    Now I've got ask why?[​IMG]
     
  7. karrie

    karrie Out Of The Brooder

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    I use lots of hay/straw. They dig a big hole in it & sit. Kinda custom made!
     
  8. pattycake

    pattycake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate pine shavings. I find them to be messy and hard to compost. I only use straw and have had no problems with mites or whatever. The spilled straw rakes up easily and can be used as mulch.

    I only use pines shavings with my chicks, and breath a sigh of relief when they're out of my life!
    [​IMG]
     
  9. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Quote:Much easier to clean up and the poop drys out faster. This in the nest boxes gives you cleaner eggs. Using the milk crates makes that a snap. In the winter time put about four inches on the floor of the coop gives them something to play. It doesn't get moldy and smell the way straw does.
     
  10. bmarshgu

    bmarshgu Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a first time chicken owner and have read a lot of literature that says not to use straw because it can easily mold. All the books that I have read say to use wood shavings. Definitely stay away from hay!!!
     

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