Bedding besides straw or shavings

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickenfever, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shavings are a little expensive and I have heard stories on here about chickens eating straw and becoming impacted. What other alternatives are there? Am I worrying too much about the straw?[​IMG]
     
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  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Don't know about where you are, but here shavings are about $6 for a BIG bag.
     
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  3. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have straw, hay, ansd wood shavings in my barn. never had a problem with any of them
     
  4. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings are about 7$ for a rather small bag here.
     
  5. kellij

    kellij Out Of The Brooder

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    We have been using straw in our coop for a little over a year now with no problems. We do clean it out and put fresh straw in every week.

    ~Kelli
     
  6. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the equine pine pellets. Love that stuff!
     
  7. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the ideas. How much are pine pellets, and do they try and eat them.
     
  8. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried looking around for shaving, I found one place that had a 4 cubic foot bag for $12 and then I found another that had a 5 cubic bag for $6 just down the road.
     
  9. TheKidAndDame

    TheKidAndDame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you getting your shavings? Yes, ones from the pet store are very expensive. I buy mine at the farm supply. The shavings are marketed for horses and cost $5 for 5 cu ft compressed.
     
  10. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may not apply to you, but whenever we use a chainsaw to cut up firewood we rake up the shavings and use them in our coops. Try looking for a local sawmill, I know sometimes they will sell bags of shavings.
     

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