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The Joy of Nesting for Egg Production



Raising chickens is a fun experience that has many benefits and rewards. One of the essentials to keep chickens happy is providing them with proper nesting boxes and nesting materials, essential to ensure their health and comfort. Here are some tips for choosing the right nesting boxes and materials for your chickens:


Nesting Boxes:


The nesting boxes should be sturdy, well-ventilated, and easy to clean. A good rule of thumb is to have one nesting box per four to six hens. The boxes should be big enough for the hens to comfortably sit in and lay their eggs, typically around 12-14 inches in length, width, and depth. Multiple entrances can help prevent crowding, discourage egg-eating, and discourage brooding. Chickens need a peaceful, quiet, and relatively dark area to lay their eggs. A hen enjoys privacy! Upset stress may stop altogether if the nesting boxes, placement, and nesting materials are unsuitable.


Materials:


Many materials can be used as nesting materials, but some are better than others. Shredded paper, straw, hay, pine shavings, and dried leaves can all be good options. Ensure the material is clean and free of mold or mildew, which can harm the birds' respiratory system. At Lala's farm, we like all-natural, easy-to-clean nesting pads. Eggs are easy to find and collect. The chickens love pulling up the natural material and making their nests to their liking.

(Please visit Lala's store, Cackle Hatchery Laying Hen Nest Box Pads, to learn more .)



It is required that nesting boxes be placed in a quiet and dark area where the chickens feel safe and secure. Keeping the nesting boxes clean is essential, and the material should be changed regularly to not compromise the chicken's respiratory system. Dirty nest boxes can attract pests such as mice, rats, and insects, harming the chickens.


In conclusion, providing your chickens with proper nesting boxes and materials is essential for their health and comfort. Choosing sturdy, well-ventilated, and easy-to-clean nesting boxes and cleaning nesting materials free of mold and mildew is essential. With a little effort and the right tools, a happy and healthy home for your chickens will be created.

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