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Bedding: Straw vs Pine Shavings

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When I first got my chickens I used pine shavings as bedding and really liked it.  I use the deep litter method and I never had problems with odor or wet bedding as long as I kept up with it.  That wasn't hard to do because it was relatively low maintenance.

DW and I decided to try straw because it is so much cheaper than shavings.  We bought 30 bales for $1 a bale.  It was nice at first but I learned quickly that it constantly has to be thrown out and fresh straw put in.  I can't use the deep litter method that I had previously been using.  The straw just doesn't have the same absorption as the shavings did.  My coop is damp and "gooey" and doesn't smell good after a very short time.

Tomorrow, I'm going to go buy about 100 cubic feet of pine shavings.  It's time to get back to what worked for me.

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Yeah, I can't believe that people use straw.  My brother used it and it was a mess to deal with and didn't absorb at all.   Didn't seem as friendly in the compost pile as shavings either.

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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Nifty-Chicken 

Yeah, I can't believe that people use straw.  My brother used it and it was a mess to deal with and didn't absorb at all.   Didn't seem as friendly in the compost pile as shavings either.


Yeah I don't think I even have room in the compost pit for all the straw I'm about to dump in it.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this stuff.

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post #4 of 7

Straw is a mess but way cheaper than shavings... even at 8 bucks a bale...

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post #5 of 7

I always wondered if straw would be better run through a chipper/shredder... It's just horrible to work with regular. shavings absorb MUCH better and are much easier to handle.

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Originally Posted by silkiechicken 

Straw is a mess but way cheaper than shavings... even at 8 bucks a bale...


You are right about the cost but, at this point for me, shavings are something I can afford and something I'm willing to do to avoid the extra mess and work from straw.

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post #7 of 7

if you deep litter, shavings probably end up cheaper as a lot of straw gets thrown out.

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