What You Can Add To Your Chicken's Nesting Box

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 01 September 2020

Having a nice, cosy nesting box for your flock is essential if you want them to produce tasty eggs everyday. Also known as laying boxes, they should provide safe and comfortable space for your ladies. It's time to get creative because there’s no reason that their laying boxes should be limited to a simple bedding of straw.

Here are some lovely things you can add to your chicken’s nesting boxes to make it all the more inviting:


  • Lemon balm: As well as relieving stress and promoting calm among our chickens, Lemon Balm is full of antibacterial properties, and also a great all natural rodent repellent. To make sure you can harness all of this goodness for your girls, lay some fresh Lemon Balm in their laying boxes.

  • Lavender:  Lavender is a great stress reliever for hens who might be a bit highly strung. It also helps to increase blood circulation, is a great natural insecticide, and of course smells heavenly! Add some fresh lavender to your coops nesting boxes to provide a bit of aromatherapy for your girls-they’ll love it!

  • Basil: Basil has antibacterial properties, so it will help to boost your feathery friends immune system - adding some freshly cut Basil to your laying boxes will keep your hens home at the height of hygiene.

You can put dried or fresh herbs into the nesting boxes - the chickens will love both!


Edible flowers are another lovely nesting box addition. Why not try some of these:

  • Dandelion

  • Jasmine

  • Marigold

  • Pansy

When we say edible, we mean just the petals of the flower - not the rest!

Adding some edible flowers to the nesting box will not just make it look gorgeous, but it’ll create a beautiful environment for your girls to lay their eggs in peace and comfort.

Adding a few nice little touches to your hen’s nesting box is a great way to make it more inviting and comfortable for your charming girls. It’s a great way to take advantage of all the beautiful fresh herbs and flowers that bloom in spring, and to usher in a new season of fruitful egg-laying!

Best Materials for your Chicken Laying Boxes

It completely depends on the aesthetic and practicality you are looking for when deciding on laying boxes for your ladies. You can be as basic or fancy as you want!

Ultimately the best materials to make your nesting boxes are those that are easy to clean and sterilize. You don't want materials that'll absorb chicken poop or chemicals from your cleaning products! Therefore, metal or plastic are the best bet to hold your cosy nests. 

Many keepers also choose to use wooden laying boxes. They are convenient, easy to make and look country-cute! However, they aren't as easy to clean as other materials, so keep that in mind. 

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