What's the BEST Nest Box Material?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TheBantyCoop, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a lot of luck with aspen shavings in the past few months, but I would like to learn what other people use! I am particularly interested in using some herbs in my boxes, would this be beneficial to the birds?
    Let me know :)

    -El
     
  2. GodofPecking

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    leaf litter from under a tree.

    wood chips are probably best for beavers and woodpeckers. Chickens are instinctively into leaf litter for some reason.

    Leaf litter is also awesome in a brooder, especially a big event for the chicks when it is first put in. You'll never see the chicks so excited and busy,
     
  3. Hokum Coco

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  4. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, sounds like it would be a great nest box material. Makes sense that it would feel more natural!

    But I have pine trees...... (no leaves and very dirty, but I just started using the needles as a bedding on the coop floor :)

    +Love your profile pic by the way! Reminds me of my lil' fro when she was little ;)
     
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  5. TheBantyCoop

    TheBantyCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats a cool idea :)
    Thanks for the picture!
     
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  6. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use sweet Timothy hay, I buy it in the pet dept., cut & bagged for small animals. Fits perfect in the nesting boxes.
     
  7. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use wood shavings purchased from the Co-op. It works great. I tried adding herbs once, lavender so it would smell nice. They would scratch all the wood shavings out of the boxes looking for the lavender. No longer put any herbs in the nest boxes but toss some in the coop once in a while.
     
  8. Cheep N Peep

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    I use pine shavings and straw.
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Huge fan of dried grass. In my case that means hay. It's a natural nesting material that beds together, if soiled I flip it over. Actually can be flipped back and forth a few times and eggs stay clean. Unless you've a bird roosting in the nest very little soiling goes on so by the time it needs a flip the other side has dried and most flaked to bottom of nest box.

    Basically I use what is cheap and on hand. Hay we use in winter for ice cover so there is always a open bale on hand and first cut hay aka mulch hay is cheap. Seconds as your seed and mulch if the birds tear up a spot in your yard too. I use pine shavings in the coop.
     

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