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What is the best bedding for chickens in the winter?

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I have a new flock of silkies our pen is house is 4x4.  Do you only use shavings or can you use hay or straw.  I was told that either of these would give them mites.  Can you treat them or just use shavings.  Thanks

Mandy L.V.T, pregnant with # 2, mother of the sweetest little girl and wife to a fabulous husband and father....did I mention I have an addiction to silkies...

My marilyn won grand champion at our very first show! What a great start!
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Mandy L.V.T, pregnant with # 2, mother of the sweetest little girl and wife to a fabulous husband and father....did I mention I have an addiction to silkies...

My marilyn won grand champion at our very first show! What a great start!
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I use the deep litter method, with pine shavings, in the winter.  You can do a search here on BYC - keywords "deep litter method" for tons of threads on that.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #3 of 8

Mites don't come from the litter used. That said, there are litters where mites seem to 'hide' better; such as pine shavings.

I don't raise silkies, but unless they are different they are going to prefer to roost rather than stay on the floor.

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NPIP 56-378, AI tested Clean, Farm Inspected by Clemson Poultry
Breeding Orientals,Games and Ducks;
With a large selection of Asil
And the largest flock of Cubalayas east of the Mississippi
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post #4 of 8

I don't raise silkies either but I believe they don't roost. I'd use pine shavings they will help hold the heat & will be comfortable to lay in while sleeping. Plus, the flock will love scratching around in the shavings.

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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post #5 of 8

Both my silkies roost, though sometimes Ellie Mae needs a boost up at night.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, bredas and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #6 of 8

Silkies like sheets and blankets in the winter . They need to be kept warmer than other chickens.lau

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Speckled Sussex ,BBS Cochins,BLRW, OEG ) Spangled ,Black Tailed Buff Japs,Silver Sebrights,Bantam EE, and Silkies The hens are laying! Contact me by PM if you are interested in hatching eggs.Mini Satins, Mini Rex, Dutch and lionhead rabbits!
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post #7 of 8

I have used straw and my silkie stayed warm because they can nest in it.

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8 leghorns hens, leghorn rooster, 3 leghorn chicks, 3 Flemish giant does, baby bunnies, Flemish giant buck, Harlequin doe, meat turkey, silkie , cohein
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post #8 of 8

Leaves they work the best and have the best price tongue if you don't have any then shavings or rice hulls...to help reduce the threat of mites spray your walls and floor with a premethrin spray after you clean it and before you re bed it....I dust mine every once in a while (I get fleas) and make them a good dust bath using ashes and dusty dirt and DE mixed together. I use DE mixed into the bedding too and if that's hard to find you can use stall dri a horse product. Really if you have a good place for them to take dust bathes you won't have much problem with mites

It costs less to have the very best. Trying to raise Delawares and Marans I also have Silver Penciled Rocks New Hampshires Midget Whites Bourbons and Royal Palms......home of many APHA horses. Breeder of World Champions and Honor Roll Champions and High Point winners. I love to trail ride and camp with my friends.
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It costs less to have the very best. Trying to raise Delawares and Marans I also have Silver Penciled Rocks New Hampshires Midget Whites Bourbons and Royal Palms......home of many APHA horses. Breeder of World Champions and Honor Roll Champions and High Point winners. I love to trail ride and camp with my friends.
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