what is best to use in the nest boxes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by carol0710, May 12, 2008.

  1. carol0710

    carol0710 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am finishing up building my coop( Well my husband is [​IMG] I was wondering what is better to use in the nest boxes. Straw or Shavings ? I can also get saw dust/shavings from a local mill? Any in put would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Carol
     
  2. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings in mine. My girls seem to like it.
     
  3. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pine shavings are nice and soft and smell good too. I like to stay away from straw and saw dust. Will
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  4. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Pine shavings are the best bedding IMO.

    Straw tends to mat and get yucky much quicker. I think it smells more when it gets yucky also.

    Do not use saw dust. It's too small and can do harm to your chickens.
     
  5. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will, that is a really cool set-up!
    I also use pine shavings. I still have one hen that prefers to lay in my compost bin. I manage to keep her eggs clean by putting straw in the corner she likes. [​IMG]
     
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Pine shavings....straw can harbor all kinds of bugs and lice...saw dust is too dusty for their respiratory system....
     
  7. carol0710

    carol0710 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you all for your responses pine shavings it is!!![​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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