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    • CommentAuthorMal Chapman
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2011 11:51am (Feb 4th 2011)
     
    It seems that there are 3 different materials that can be used to line nest boxes. Shredded newspaper, sawdust, straw. What do people use/recomend? Also I will be getting 6 point of lay girls should a put dummy egg in nest boxes?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2011 3:15pm (Feb 4th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Newspaper

    Pro's:
    -cheap
    -easy to find and make


    Cons:
    -doesn't absorb things very well
    -if your birds poop in the nest box it needs cleaning out regularly
    -I've heard some things about the ink not being very good for chickens to live on
    -chickens may scrat in it to make a nest and knock some of it out


    Sawdust
    Always use dust-extracted sawdust (most pet shops sell this, some only sell this) as otherwise it can lead to respiratory problems.

    Pro's:
    -very absorbant and doesn't smell so quickly
    -not too expensive
    -soft and comfortable
    -looks nice!

    Con's:
    Perhaps not the most natural nesting material


    Straw

    Pro's:
    -most natural nesting material there is
    -chickens love building nests out of this
    -absorbent and doesn't smell
    -looks nice and doesn't require too much cleaning

    Cons:
    -cleaning poo's out from straw can be very annoying!
    -if your nest boxes don't have a ledge at least 4+ inches your chickens will most likely scrat the majority of the straw out the nest box as they make their nest!


    We generally use straw in our nest box and sawdust in the house under the perches.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2011 9:50pm (Feb 4th 2011)
     
    Lovely detailed answer Red! As a non-chicken owning participant of the forum (therefore can't add anything useful to your question!) why would you put a dummy egg in? Is it to show them where to lay?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2011 10:55pm (Feb 4th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw, poo, I forgot about the dummy eggs!!

    Yes, stick a few in the nest box seeing as they are point of lay, but most chickens lay in the box automatically.

    Kate, yep, spot on. And they can also be used to prevent egg eating.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2011 11:14pm (Feb 5th 2011)
     
    Thanks! I knew I'd learn something in the end!