Rubber shelf liner...you know the stuff. It comes in a half dozen colors and is great at keeping things from sliding around in your cabinets and drawers, keeping stacked dishes or pots from getting scratched, and a million other little things around the house.
We always seem to have a partial roll lying around, which is how I inadvertently stumbled across a couple of other very clever uses for it, all relating to raising our chickens. I love that it's reusable, so much more 'green' than using paper towels or something else you will just throw away when you're done with it. Most shelf liner is even machine washable, so it's super easy to clean and reuse.
Here are five of my new uses for shelf liner:
The newly hatched chicks' little feet need something to grip to prevent injury or spraddle/splayed leg. [Read more about spraddle/splayed leg here...] When all the eggs have hatched and the chicks are dry and in their heated brooder, I simply wash the piece of liner and pack it away with the incubator to reuse the next time.
3) To line your nesting boxes - The hard wooden bottom of your nesting boxes can cause eggs to crack and break if the nesting material isn't thick enough, or as my girls are prone to do, the depression they have made in the straw is too deep. I cut a piece of shelf liner and put it on the bottom of each nesting box. A sprinkle of DE underneath the liner first prevents mites from taking up residence and the liner provides cushioning for the eggs.
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