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Nesting Boxes

by | Aug 18, 2020 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about your nesting boxes! With your hens laying regularly now and egg collection part of your routine, there are a few additions you can make to your nesting boxes to benefit you and your chickens!

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about your nesting boxes! With your hens laying regularly now and egg collection part of your routine, there are a few additions you can make to your nesting boxes to benefit you and your chickens!

First, what is a nesting box? This is a semi-enclosed area, meant to give your chickens a safe and comfortable space, to lay their eggs. Nesting boxes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made from wood, metal, or plastic. They can be purchased or there are plenty of DIYs made out of plastic buckets and recycled material. Some are plain jane to get the job done and others add personal touches, like curtains! 

Once the structure is in place, you can add straw or pine shavings inside. This helps keep your eggs clean and also adds a sense of cozy comfort. However, as the hen nests down to lay her egg, she’ll commonly scratch out some of the bedding. You’ll also have to clean and replace the bedding used regularly. 

An alternative is using a nest pad. They are a great, reusable option that can be hosed off for regular cleaning. Nest pads also stay in place and help keep your eggs cleaner, for collection time. We’ve linked two variations of the product below. 

Another item you can add to your nesting boxes, regardless of the type of bedding, is First Saturday Lime. This safe solution helps repel mites and lice, and reduces odor between cleaning. Fill a canning jar with holes poked in the lid, shake an even coating under your nesting pads or on top of your shavings. Apply a fresh application of First Saturday Lime with each cleaning. 

If you’re looking for the freshest smelling coop, you can also use a Nesting Box Blend. Comprised of natural ingredients like calendula and spearmint, it will help repel pests while providing the aromatic and healing properties of lavender and eucalyptus. We’ve linked the nesting box blend below in our show notes.

Lastly, feel free to DIY it! Now is the perfect time to dry the abundance of herbs and flowers in your garden saving them for your coop in the winter. Common items like basil, catnip, dandelion, lavender, lemongrass, marigolds, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, and yarrow make great additions fresh or dried. 

We hope these nesting box additions, ease your routine, and add extra comfort for your laying flock!  And that’s your weekly moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

Hosts & Guests

Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

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DIY Nest Box Sprinkles – YouTube Video

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