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post #21 of 28

I think I like the idea of the tarp on the floor of the coop....my DH would not put a floor in mine and it is just sandy dirt....I don't have any problems with it and I did worry about when it rained. We had two weeks of heavy rain last month and it stayed really dry.

But I am going to put some thought into the tarp because I would feel like I really got it clean....plus that would be much easier to get it to the compost pile! I have started using DE on the dirt right after I rake it out really well and then put my pine shavings on top. I rake it out really well about every two weeks.....just keeps it smelling fresher!

I don't have rosemary anymore. But I do have basil and thyme. Are there any of these types of herbs that would be bad for them? I like the thought of using herbs......

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post #22 of 28

Has anyone tried using wood pellets for wood stoves mixed with the pine shavings  or is this not a good idea?

post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by grandmas Nest 

Has anyone tried using wood pellets for wood stoves mixed with the pine shavings  or is this not a good idea?


it probably will work fine, but can be pretty costly.

post #24 of 28

I like a nice bed of wild rice for my chicken. big_smile

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post #25 of 28

I use pine shavings, but was wondering if straw would be warmer in winter then shavings. But I am pretty happy with the shavings and I do the deep litter method as well.

post #26 of 28
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I like a nice bed of wild rice for my chicken. big_smile


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post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by ChickenFarmerIStillLoveU 
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Originally Posted by grandmas Nest 

Has anyone tried using wood pellets for wood stoves mixed with the pine shavings  or is this not a good idea?


it probably will work fine, but can be pretty costly.


Actually, stove pellets cost less than equine pine type products.  40# bag of equine pine is $6-8, but the same size bag of stove pellets was $4.50 @ Home Depot.  I just was not sure if they are equivalent.

And now that people mention the dust, the equine pine stuff makes a pretty fine dust, once you wet it.

post #28 of 28

Hi - I'm fairly new to chickens, only have a couple weeks under my wing 9pun intended!)  tongue2 and have a silly question I am sure - I am putting straw in the nesting boxes and pine shavings everywhere else - the girls seem very interested in "pulling" half the straw from the nesting boxes and pooping on that instead of the shavings...am I doing something wrong?hu

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Proud mother of 9 chickens; Harley (Big Mama), Skittles & Squeaks, Ruby & Roxy, Roo Roo Rufus, Willamina, Fredericka, & Nosy Nellie Olsen, 3 crazy cats; Sealey, Barney, & Wiggy, and 2 super spoiled dogs; Molly McMuggles & Cassiopeia 

RIP Geraldine, Evie and Rocky

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