I am getting my first chickens today. I ordered a dozen ready to lay hens and one rooster, hoping they will reproduce themselves, eventually.
I found a source for hardwood, mostly maple, shavings from a friend's woodshop. It's not sawdust but bigger. I'm hoping to use this as litter on the floor, instead of wood chips, but it's very soft. I couldn't find a source of woodchips, unfortunately. I've also piled it in the nesting boxes for bedding. I've put a couple of inches on the floor of the coop/shed.
Will the chickens lay in the soft litter on the floor instead of the nesting boxes? I'm planning on putting some fake eggs in the nesting boxes. I don't want to lose eggs or have to go hunting for them. Does anyone see anything wrong with using these wood shavings on the floor instead of wood chips? I'm want to raise the chickens on deep litter to compost the droppings and keep them healthier.