What's the best nesting material?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dickkenschickens, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. dickkenschickens

    dickkenschickens In the Brooder

    Jul 1, 2009
    My chickens are almost 20 weeks old now and still no eggs. They seem happy and healthy Maybe still a little growing to do. They haven't been in their nesting boxes yet. I was thinking of using straw instead of the pine shavings I have in there now to entice them into the nesting boxes. Any suggestions?[​IMG]

  2. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    I love to use pine shavings in the nesting boxes. My girls like it better than the hay/straw.
  3. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Shavings are the best. You know right away when they are wet and thats when you can immediatly change them and throw them out.Hay is good for outside, but inside it can get moldy and it is bad for the birds.
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I use pine shavings. They are easy to clean out of the box and the girls seem to like them too. [​IMG]
  5. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I use pine shavings and love it.. 'Knock on wood'--I haven't had a broken egg and It's so easy to keep the nest box clean.. I use a cat litter scoop-it's perfect for picking up poo.

  6. blueheaven

    blueheaven Songster

    Mar 10, 2009
    Central Indiana
    i started with pine shavings and no eggs...so i put some straw in the boxes to make it a little cozier. just in 2 of the three. when they started laying...they all laid in the boxes with straw. i put shavings down then a little straw on top. the pine shavings got kicked around too much.

    they love it!
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Love hay in my nestboxes. One square bale lasts me forever and it's easily cleaned out. Just grab the whole wad of it and throw it out.
  8. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    I had the same results! My girls don't like pine shavings at all, and are always kicking them out of the nest boxes. Hay they like, but really prefer dried green grass clippings! I usually let the clippings dry and then bag 'em up like hay for use over the winter. But with the drought, I barely mowed all summer. So I may bite the bullet and pay for a bale of alfalfa at the feed store ($16), which would last me all winter.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I like pine straw best of all, but it always seems like when I want to change the nest litter it has rained recently so it's wet. Mostly I use Bermuda hay beause it's cheap and available. Shredded paper matted down too much. I've tried pine shavings but the hens like to scratch around in it so much that the eggs get buried which increases the chance that they may get lost and not found for a long time. I'm thinking about in the spring spreading cedar shavings over the hay to see if it will deter fire ants and maybe mites.


  10. Quote:My girls have just started laying in the box this past week. (Previously, my only layer of 3 weeks kept using the coop floor...the new layers convinced her the boxes were better![​IMG]) My only problem is they keep rearranging the shavings, leaving the center bare to the wood. I've had 2 cracked eggs from my new girls! I suppose one could be standing higher when laying and dropping it on the wood. Another BYCer has suggested using cardboard under the shavings as a cushion...that's my next try:)

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