Broiler Breeder FAQ
Q: How often should I replace nest pads?
We recommend to replace after 5-7 years, but the length can vary depending on the breeds of birds used, the cleaning method, and the house environment.
Q: How do I know when to replace a worn nest pad?
You should replace your nest pads after seeing wear spots or flattening develop to the point that eggs are being held up on the nest pad. Held up eggs cost growers and poultry companies a lot of money compared to the price of new nest pads.
Q: How do I determine payback on replacing nest pads?
We have heard growers increase production typically by 2% and improve hatch by 0.5% when replacing nest pads. They have also been able to reduce egg cleaning labor when moving to our NXT net pads by up to 50%. While we cannot promise that you will get all those savings as this depends on management practices, you can get a good idea by adding up the increased revenue from the increased production and hatch along with decreased egg cleaning labor costs and comparing to the price of a new nest pad.
Q: How quickly can I get nest pads?
Stock items can ship within 5 days and non-stock (including custom cut items) can typically ship within three weeks of receiving an order. Our valued dealers (see “Where to Buy“) typically carry stock of our stock items as well so that you can find a close-by, local supply.
Q: Do you make a pad for my backyard chicken coop?
Our 12”x13” sizes fit many individual nest houses in backyard production. We also have 20”x56’ rolls that can be cut to size for custom sized boxes. You may be able to get other sizes (typically around 1.5 ft x 4 ft) at one of our dealers listed.
Q: What is your minimum order size for custom cuts?
We ask for a minimum 3000 sq. ft. order at standard pricing and can down to half that quantity for an upcharge.
Q: Why do I need a nest pad?
- Part of a hen’s natural nesting behavior is to try to manipulate a nest substrate (like AstroTurf®) in order to make a nice home to lay their eggs. So a nest pad helps hens to express that behavior and be less stressed.
- Nest pads help to cushion the egg in its fall from the hen and transport to egg collection areas.
- Nest pads are more hygienic and keep eggs cleaner than straw, peat or litter.
Q: Will my hens take to the nest pads?
It is recommended to introduce the hen to the nest pad at least a week before the onset of lay. Put the pullets in the nest to get use to the feel. Also, when changing nest pad materials it is best to do so prior to the start of a flock as hens get used to the look and feel of the nest pads they are first introduced to.
Q: Which color is better – grey or teak brown?
Our patented grey color has been proven in studies with Broiler Breeder hens. Our teak brown nest pads have been highly successful in community nest and aviary systems in Europe and now in North America.
Q: What is the best way to clean nest pads?
For the smaller nest pads used in the Broiler-Breeder industry farmers have come up with many innovative ways to clean nest pads. Some of the methods developed include a dry or wet tumbler (like washing machine), rotating lazy-Susan type table with pressure washer(s), conveyor system with pressure washer or take them out lay them flat and wash with a hose or pressure washer. Soaking in soapy water before spraying will ease cleaning but not necessary with NXT. Regardless of the method, our NXT nest pads have been proven to be the easiest nest pads to clean. We recommend adding a disinfectant before returning to service.