Aspen shavings

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joanm, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. joanm

    joanm Songster

    May 13, 2007
    Wal-Mart has been out of pine shavings for two weeks [​IMG] I went to Pet Smart and they had pine shavings but the shavings were very fine. I bought Aspen because of the larger pieces. Does anybody use Aspen? It says it's good for nesting birds.
  2. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    I've used aspen shavings for pet rabbits, but haven't tried it for chickens. Aspen is considered non-aromatic so I think you can use it safely.
    BTW, how much is it, is it a big bag? I just might have to see if my WalMart has it.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Our girls are spoiled...and I'm to blame! We've tried the WalMart pine shavings...they are cheap BUT the chunks are too big, we don't like then and neither do the birds (all Bantams).

    We looked into the Aspen shavings last night but they are twice the price (at Tractor Supply) as pine shavings, for the same sized bag. Skip went and checked in the back and there were two pallets of pine shavings back in the storage area of the store. I wonder just how many $10.00 bags of Aspen shavings people have bought because they didn't think to ask an employee! [​IMG]

    Will post pics shortly of the size difference in pine shavings.

  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    We use aspen and it works fine for us.
  5. BarbK

    BarbK Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    Aspen is actually better for bedding in other animals like rabbits and hamsters because it doesn't cause upper respiratory issues like the pine. However I don't know if it makes a difference in birds.

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