What type of hay to use for the nesting boxes?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by handsomecock, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. handsomecock

    handsomecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just built the nesting boxes yesterday. Was wondering what type of hay to use. Im in the city so its gona have to be ordered via the internet.
     
  2. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi - I just normally use a grass hay for my chickens, but I mainly use shavings for the boxes actually putting hay on top of it in their box. Main reason is my chickens will eat all of the hay up while they are sitting in their boxes. They think it is heaven - resting and eating all at the same time - what a life. Do not need to leave to get my meal :).
     
  3. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay can be problematic as a bedding material because it is very dusty and birds respretory systems are much more sensitive than ours, I would recommend wood shavings, wheaten straw or chopped dust extracted straw as a bedding material.
     
  4. TXchickmum

    TXchickmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use white towels in our nesting boxes. The hens love 'em! We take them out and shake them daily. - wash them once a week (hot water and a few drops of bleach). - a broken egg necessitates washing that day. We have never had any issues with mites or dust. -works well for us even though it is unconventional.
     
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy peasy!.
     
  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you get the idea we use a lot of different things? Wood shavings, straw, hay, Spanish moss, shredded paper (don’t use newspaper, the ink stains), pieces of carpet, various bags, rags, oh the list goes on. I cut long stems from mature grass (call it hay), dry that, and use those. There is not one thing that is best, it’s what works for you. Personally I like cheap or free.

    What are you using as bedding in your coop? That might work.
     
  7. handsomecock

    handsomecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thx everybody on the suggestions. I have been raising them with kiln dried pine shavings so i'll give that a shot for now. Been weary of hay from the moment I first heard of it.
     
  8. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use bahia because that's what grows knee high in my yard every week.
     
  9. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are some really great ideas that I had not considered - thank you! I also learned a whole bunch and will try some of these suggestions.
     
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    I use course pine shavings, only because the hens pull straw out.

    Straw, by the way, is better than hay as said above, it is less dusty, as well as being softer and more absorbent. Unfortunately it also can have stray grains left in it, which the hens love to pick out - scratching the hay all over in the process.
     

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