Nest Pads for Commercial Egg Production

The Cage-Free Solution

AstroTurf® NXT v5.2 is the latest in our family of nest pad products developed to improve productivity and cleanliness in cage-free commercial egg production. Through years of testing, research and trials, our latest version, NXT V5.2 was introduced in 2014.  These poultry pads are an advanced design that is lighter, stronger and more cost effective.
Whether you are an OEM trying to meet the demand of new cage-free systems or a producer looking to update your nests, AstroTurf® Poultry Nest Pads are the best solution on the market. Cleaner eggs lead to higher ROI – That’s what AstroTurf pads provide. See for yourself.

NXT (Version 5.2) Nest Pads

NXT Teak Brown AstroTurf

NXT Meets Cage-Free Nest Floor Substrates Standards:

  • American Humane Certified,
  • Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC),
  • Animal Welfare Approved Standards
  • United Egg Producers (UEP) Cage-Free Animal Husbandry Guidelines
  • Manufacturer’s Using Astroturf® As Original Equipment

Clearly Cleaner Eggs

  • NXT has everything producers and hens want in a poultry pad and “Less”. Seeing is believing, the NXT pads have 40% more open space than our Classic 4.0 Pad which means:
  • Less crud buildup
  • Less Contamination
  • Less Cost

Hen Preference

Most importantly, hens prefer this manipulable substrate over the competition. A substrate that is durable, plus, encourages natural behaviors.
NXT 10 Points of Technology

In-Stock NXT Pads for Commercial Egg

19.7" x 44" Teak Brown NXT Mat

Item # 10371592
Pieces Per Carton: 100
Minimum Order Qty: 6 cartons / 600 pieces
Metric Dimensions: 50cm x 112cm

39.4" x 52.5' Teak Brown NXT Roll

Item # 10327785
Pieces Per Bag: 1
Minimum Order Qty: 4 bags
Metric Dimensions: 1m x 16m

35.8" x 55' Grey NXT Roll

Item # 10371610
Pieces Per Bag: 1
Minimum Order Qty: 4 bags
Metric Dimensions: 0.91m x 17m

19.7" x 56' Grey NXT Roll

Item # 10371611
Pieces Per Bag: 1
Minimum Order Qty: 4 bags
Metric Dimensions: 50cm x 17.07m

Not the right size for you? We make MTO sizes too.

While our 4 in-stock sizes fit most commercial nests, we know it doesn’t cover all of the sizes. Reach out to us directly and we can cut our proprietary AstroTurf NXT pads to fit your needs or possibly create custom roll sizes. Let us know what you need.

Original Pad (Version 4.0/"Monsanto Pad")

Original Pad, V4.0/Poultry Gray-Through continuous improvement this 4.0 pad continues to line the nests of millions of hens across North America.

For over forty years “The “Original Gray Pad”, often called “The Monsanto Pad”, has been the industry standard in Broiler/Breeder Segment. 

It’s all about the best substrate and cleaning capabilities! The Original Gray Pads were created to move the industry from wood shavings to specialized high-tech poultry pads, designed as improved laying environments, fitting the finest broiler-breeder equipment manufacturer’s systems.

In-Stock Original 4.0 Pads for Commercial Egg

35.8" x 55' Grey 4.0 Roll

Item # 10246106
Pieces Per Bag: 1
Minimum Order Qty: 4 bags
Metric Dimensions: 90.9cm x 16.76m

Not the right size for you? We make MTO sizes too.

While our in-stock size fits most commercial nest needs, we know it doesn’t cover all of the sizes. Reach out to us directly and we can cut our proprietary AstroTurf 4.0 pads to fit your needs.

Additional Information

AstroTurf® NXT Poultry Pads – Egg Cleanliness

Where to Buy Commercial Egg Poultry Pads

Visit any one of our trusted retail partners to get the new NXT or original 4.0 replacement pads and experience the AstroTurf difference starting with your next flock. Click on a logo below to find out the best location to buy our products now.

OEM Partners & Dealers

Backyard Poultry Dealer Partners

Commercial Egg FAQ

We recommend to replace after 7 years, but the length can vary depending on the breeds of birds used, the cleaning method, and the house environment

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 egg companies a lot of money compared to the price of new nest pads.

We have heard growers increase A-grade egg production typically by 2% 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 along with decreased egg cleaning labor costs and comparing to the price of a new nest pad.

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.

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.

We ask for a minimum 3000 sq. ft. order at standard pricing and can down to half that quantity for an upcharge.

  1. 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.
  2. Nest pads help to cushion the egg in its fall from the hen and transport to egg collection areas.
  3. Nest pads are more hygienic and keep eggs cleaner than straw, peat or litter.

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.

Our patented grey color has been proven in studies with Broiler Breeder hens in North America. Our teak brown nest pads have been highly successful in community nest and aviary systems in Europe and now in North America. Both colors are proven to work well.

Nest pads sometimes are cleaned in place with a portable pressure washer or removed and laid flat to clean. After cleaning we recommend applying a disinfectant before bringing in the next flock. Regardless of the method, our NXT nest pads have been proven to be the easiest nest pads to clean.

  • United Egg Producers Certified has a section on their website, here.
  • Compassion in World Farming has published a very informative guide, titled “Building a Better Hen House”, which can be found on their website.
You can find certified producers at each of the following certifying organization’s websites:

You can find the latest at the Compassion in World Farming website, here.

 

We found a great resource at www.assurewel.org/layinghens that lists important indicators of laying hen welfare.

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