What do you use in your nesting box

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jjsasfai, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. jjsasfai

    jjsasfai Out Of The Brooder

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    We only have one hen thats laying at the moment but she wont lay if we dont keep some sort of nesting in the box...so far we have used leaves but shes kicking them out. What else can I try?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I've used grass, straw and pine shavings. My favorite thing is an excelsior mat that is available from many poultry equipment supply places online.
     
  3. jjsasfai

    jjsasfai Out Of The Brooder

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    I was looking at the mat online today. Wondering if my local store has it. Does your hen like it?
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    All hens are different. One flock loves them and keeps them clean, another flock tears them up. Feces and debris tend to fall through keeping the eggs clean and there's little contact area so the bloom doesn't stick to the bedding much.
     
  5. sbhkma

    sbhkma Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use pine shavings, with a rubber mat underneath that's easy to clean. Been working great for my gals. I use about 8" layer and they have set both boxes with a nice shallow "nest" and bermed walls all around. I never have dirty eggs and only clean out the shavings once a month. I've only once found bird droppings in the nest box.
     
  6. jjsasfai

    jjsasfai Out Of The Brooder

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    I just worry about her kicking the bedding out like she does with the leaves. Think the mat might be more stable.
     
  7. MagsDeatrick

    MagsDeatrick Out Of The Brooder

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    We use pine shavings. There is rarely poo in there and we've never had a broken egg either. We get it pretty cheap and don't have to clean it too often. Of course, our hens (and we only have two) share the same nesting box. I'm worried what they'll do when we set up their new coop in a few days...anyone know if we'll need to retrain them to the new nesting box location or is this something'll they'll sort out on their own? I guess we'll wait and see...I have a golf ball on hand just in case they're having a hard time with the move :)
     
  8. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Shavings in mine and I have a lip across the front to help reduce the kick out..
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  9. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put old carpet remnants in the box bottoms with pine chips on top. Makes for a nice nest. Add a board lip on the box front to help keep in nesting material.

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  10. fallenangel79

    fallenangel79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] shavings
     

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