What is the best nesting material for boxes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LUVMY5HENS, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. LUVMY5HENS

    LUVMY5HENS Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen shavings, straw, hay, combinations of these. What is the best?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I use hay. Works great for me!!

    Missi
     
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  3. MOChickenz

    MOChickenz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw. It seems to work ok.
     
  4. LUVMY5HENS

    LUVMY5HENS Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the answers! Do they eat the hay? Thats what I was thinking of using, but wondered if they would eat it.
     
  5. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like a combination. When I used just straw, the girls pulled it all into a nest shape and there was bare wood on parts of the bottom of the box and sometimes eggs would be broken. With just shavings it seemed to get flattened out too much and they have trouble building their nest shape. With the combination the shavings protect the eggs on the bottom and the girls can shape the straw to their perfection.
     
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  6. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I've never seen mine eat any!!

    I like the idea of the shavings and the hay on top. I don't care how much I fill the boxes up hoping that the bottom of the box does't get bare they still make it like that!!

    Missi
     
  7. buzymom13

    buzymom13 I run the Alien Chicken Asylum

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    I've used pine shavings since the beginning and it works great... seems not to bother my sons allergies as much either...

    But intend to use some straw over the winter....

    Between the two .... [​IMG]
     
  8. Yazzo

    Yazzo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually just use hay (the hens don't eat it), and it works great. I've used other stuff, but they seem to prefer hay or straw. Course, even stuff like dried weeds and shredded newspaper should work. Or you could experiment and discover some new nesting material! That would be pretty cool. [​IMG]
     
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  9. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine kick out whatever I put in. Have tried pine shavings, sawdust, grass clippings. They seem to be happy when they get it all out. I'm using 10 gallon Rubbermaid boxes so not quite as hard as wood; so far no broken eggs.
     
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  10. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hay in most of my nest boxes and I have pine shavings in another. The girls have all switched to the pine. So my girls have chosen deep pine over hay.
    Caroline
     

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