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Will chickens lay without any nesting material in the box?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Im Barred up, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Im Barred up

    Im Barred up In the Brooder

    May 6, 2012
    New Brunswick
    I have developed a bad girl who has a taste for eggs. I've tried the "easy fixes" such as filling an egg with mustard (which she ate every drop of mustard) and leaving an egg filled with pepper and hot sauce....but she still ate it all! So my two options were to cull the girl, or turn my nesting boxes into roll out boxes (which is what I did). My concern now is that I can't have my normal pine shavings in the box that they are used to. I put down a rubber mat for some cushion for the egg, but will they lay in it when they are used to making a nest? Does anybody have any other ideas for nesting material that have roll out boxes? Thanks.

  2. americana-lover

    americana-lover Songster

    Apr 13, 2012
    My girls will lay in the nest box weather or not there is anything in it or not. I use a mix of pine shaving and straw, but if pine shavings dont work for you, you could use just straw
  3. pm

    pm In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2011
    Reed City, MI
    Mine do fine in roll out boxes with mats that I got from Cutler Supply. It's similar to astro turf, but has holes that make it easy to rinse off. They are available from various poultry suppliers.

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