Commercial Egg FAQ
Q: How often should I replace nest pads?
Q: How do I know when to replace a worn nest pad?
Q: How do I determine payback on replacing nest pads?
Q: How quickly can I get nest pads?
Q: Do you make a pad for my backyard chicken coop?
Q: What is your minimum order size for custom cuts?
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?
Q: Which color is better – grey or teak brown?
Q: What is the best way to clean nest pads?
Q: Where do I go to get information on animal welfare and cage-free certifications (what their standards are, how they are different, etc)?
Q: Where do I find information of the different choices in hen housing?
Q: Which farms/producers/products are certified?
Q: What states have banned the use of battery cages?
You can find the latest at the Compassion in World Farming website, here.
Q: How do I know what I am doing is best for my birds?
We found a great resource at www.assurewel.org/layinghens that lists important indicators of laying hen welfare.