Bedding in my coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ponygirly306, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have straw/hay in my coop and it is so labour intensive to clean it out all the time and i go through a lot of it, another problem is that i'm in australia and with the drought and all the price of hay and straw is sky rocketting!

    So I am considering using sawdust so i can easily scoop up the poo. I need some Advice on this from peoiple that use sawdust and what kind to use cause i know there is some that you shouldn't use.. [​IMG]

    thatnks! much appreciated.

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  2. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    Here in the U.S. we mostly use Pine Shavings, and Cedar shavings or aromatic wood shavings I have heard are a No No....so I imagine it would not be good to use any sawdust from Aromatic trees over there.

    I'm not certain if thats the kind of sawdust you're talking about, pine shavings are pretty big, I assume its the same thing?

    Tina/tfpets
     
  3. hereachick

    hereachick Out Of The Brooder

    Hi - we just went thru the same thing here.We used to use hay but with the price of it and all the rain we've been getting lately it was expensive,muddy,and smelling so we switched to pine shaving that are used for horses. We've been using them now for 3wks and they seem to be better in all ways and even last longer than the hay.They are even good with my ducks which we were afraid would eat them and choke.Good Luck in your decion
     
  4. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 Out Of The Brooder

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    so is the official decision pine shavings?
     
  5. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Pine shavings is probably 99.9999999% what everyone uses if they are going to use shavings at all. I dont know if there even is another kind other than cedar, and we all know that its toxic.
     
  6. dschenekl

    dschenekl New Egg

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    I know that pine and cedar shavings cause a lot of problems in other animals (e.g. bunnies, reptiles, etc.). They can cause impaction also. May I suggest a paper based substrate (call "Yesterday's News"). You most likely can find a generic version at a Walmart or another large bargin store chain, just do not use it in a wet area. This stuff is clean, pretty cheaply priced and carries no chemicals that would cause a toxic effect. This might be worth a try. We use this for our bunny.

    I hope this helps----Dale
     
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  7. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the idea but i sort of want to stay away from paper, is the best saw dust / shaving to use pine? or is rthere another type, and with using shavings / dust do i need to give my chickens grit?
     
  8. KSPixieChick

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    This is my first time trying to raise chickens. I live a mile from a place that can supply pine sawdust (untreated). I was using dried grass from mowing and now I sprinkle the sawdust on top every morning. It has only been four days since I started using it but they seem to like bathing in the dust.
     
  9. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wonder why you don't try sand? Surely there is a lot of that in Australia? [​IMG]

    It's very scoopable, stays dry, pleasant to look at, and allows the chickens to scratch around and dust-bathe.
     
  10. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 Out Of The Brooder

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    has anyone actually used that, i mean, would it be safe??
     
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