One nest pad is included in the purchase of each nest box. Order an extra one to have a spare for easy cleaning. Extra nest pads ship for free with a nest box order. Select the extra nest pad option when you add any size nest box to the shopping cart. Do not order an extra nest pad from this product page if you are ordering a nest box at the same time. If you order from this page, UPS ground delivery will be added to the cost of the nest pad. (Delivery calculated within the 48 contiguous states.)
This removable brown nest pad is made of polyethylene resins in a grass-like configuration. These pads are easy to clean and do not provide a home for bacteria.
How to clean your nest pad - Place the dirty pads in a tub of detergent water for a few hours then brush, clean, rinse and return them to the nest after they are completely dry.
How to Prepare your Hens
We want you to have the best success possible with AstroTurf nest pads. Birds are sensitive creatures, and they may need some help getting used to the genuine AstroTurf. Here are some tips for rearing your hens:
Pullets need to get used to AstroTurf before going in to nest
If pullets are raised outside, they will be used to grass. This means the new feeling of the nest pad will take some getting used to. Put the nest pads outside with the hens so they can get familiar with them before being put into the house.
Also check the color and lighting of the environment the pullets were raised in. It helps if the houses mimic the conditions the pullets were raised in.
Allow pads to get to house-temperature. You should make your nests as receptive as possible to attract even the timid pullets; put AstroTurf® pads in nest prior to replacement of pullets.
Nests should be in the house and ready for use when the flock is housed
It is very important for the nests to be in the house before the pullets arrive. This is so the pullets can get used to the nesting material right away. This will increase the hens’ use of the nests and therefore, decrease the number of floor eggs.
Cleaning Nest Pads is Critical
AstroTurf pads should be cleaned periodically
Approximately 3 weeks into production, take the pads out of the nests and shake all the dirt, dust and droppings. Place the pads back in the nests and the hens will continue to use them as intended.
DO NOT ALLOW THE PADS TO ACCUMULATE EXCESSIVE BUILDUP OF DIRT AND DROPPINGS.
As pads fill with dirt and droppings due to normal use, take them from the nests and shake or tap them against the slats, then return them to the nests. You may wish to do a few each day or week; or go through the entire house and shake them all. (This also will promote fewer contaminated eggs.)
DURING YOUR PERIODIC INSPECTIONS we suggest you carry a few clean pads with you and exchange them with pads soiled from broken eggs or droppings. Place the dirty pads in a tub of detergent water for a few hours then brush, clean, rinse and return them to the nest after they are completely dry.
Rodent Control is critical for proper maintenance of the pad
Egg residue and droppings attract rodents. Their eating habits can and will destroy the pads.