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Lee Goff

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Nesting boxes
« on: March 22, 2018, 11:01:00 pm »
In the nesting boxes, I have hay down for my girls. Can I also use the shavings that I used for the babies, or what other materials can be used in nesting boxes?

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Re: Nesting boxes
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018, 04:52:47 pm »
In the nesting boxes, I have hay down for my girls. Can I also use the shavings that I used for the babies, or what other materials can be used in nesting boxes?

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Lee, the pine shavings can be a bit dusty so I would recommend trying to separate some of the dust out before you put it in the nesting boxes. I have tried the shavings and my girls don't like it. I use a synthetic long fiber rug in the nesting boxes. It's easy to shake out and clean.

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Re: Nesting boxes
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2018, 05:05:28 pm »
In the nesting boxes, I have hay down for my girls. Can I also use the shavings that I used for the babies, or what other materials can be used in nesting boxes?

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Lee, the pine shavings can be a bit dusty so I would recommend trying to separate some of the dust out before you put it in the nesting boxes. I have tried the shavings and my girls don't like it. I use a synthetic long fiber rug in the nesting boxes. It's easy to shake out and clean.

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I never thought about using a rug ... that's a neat idea!!

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Re: Nesting boxes
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2018, 11:31:02 am »
I took one of the synthetic grass rugs (the fibers are about 1.5 inches deep) and cut it into sizes that fit into the bottom of the box.  When I gather eggs, I just take them out as I go and shake them to clean up whatever happens to be in the box (poop, grass, feathers, ect..).  If one gets soiled (and it doesn't just shake off) I take the water hose to it and then let it air dry.  I have 4 boxes, so I take one of the hardly used mats and put that one into the frequently used box (of course that's the one that will normally get soiled).  I can rotate the cleaning process like that too.  Leave 3 clean 1.  So, that way, they always have a choice of clean boxes to use.
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Re: Nesting boxes
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2018, 06:41:10 pm »
I took one of the synthetic grass rugs (the fibers are about 1.5 inches deep) and cut it into sizes that fit into the bottom of the box.  When I gather eggs, I just take them out as I go and shake them to clean up whatever happens to be in the box (poop, grass, feathers, ect..).  If one gets soiled (and it doesn't just shake off) I take the water hose to it and then let it air dry.  I have 4 boxes, so I take one of the hardly used mats and put that one into the frequently used box (of course that's the one that will normally get soiled).  I can rotate the cleaning process like that too.  Leave 3 clean 1.  So, that way, they always have a choice of clean boxes to use.
I like that idea. I think I'll do that and put some hay on top. It'll cut down on how much hay I use, and be a l9t easier to clean. Thank you very much!!!

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Re: Nesting boxes
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2018, 06:53:35 pm »
I took one of the synthetic grass rugs (the fibers are about 1.5 inches deep) and cut it into sizes that fit into the bottom of the box.  When I gather eggs, I just take them out as I go and shake them to clean up whatever happens to be in the box (poop, grass, feathers, ect..).  If one gets soiled (and it doesn't just shake off) I take the water hose to it and then let it air dry.  I have 4 boxes, so I take one of the hardly used mats and put that one into the frequently used box (of course that's the one that will normally get soiled).  I can rotate the cleaning process like that too.  Leave 3 clean 1.  So, that way, they always have a choice of clean boxes to use.
I like that idea. I think I'll do that and put some hay on top. It'll cut down on how much hay I use, and be a l9t easier to clean. Thank you very much!!!

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Lee, I am glad to be able to pass along something that has worked for me for many years. Hope you also have success With It.

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