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bedding for chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by austinww, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. austinww

    austinww New Egg

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    I have been using shavings up until a couple of days ago.my hens are 6 months and I just started using straw for bedding, but they keep kicking it out of nesting boxes. I am new to raising chickens and I was just wondering if one type of bedding is better than the other. I live in western WA where it is wet and cold during fall and winter months. Any help would be great.
     
  2. Apdeb

    Apdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Use sand under shavings
     
  3. austinww

    austinww New Egg

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    I will give it a shot, thank you.
     
  4. austinww

    austinww New Egg

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    What does sand do to help?
     
  5. Apdeb

    Apdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Drainage for wet climate
     
  6. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would NOT use straw for bedding. Mites can live inside it!
    I would use hay or large pine shavings.[​IMG]
     
  7. austinww

    austinww New Egg

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    Thank you that was very helpful, I did not even think about the chance of mites being in the straw.
     

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