bedding iptions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Rpeeps, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. Rpeeps

    Rpeeps In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2015
    SE Ga.
    What are some of the different bedding options for my girls & boys? Right now I have hay and chips, but want to uses shredded newspaper would this work?
  2. QuiltinGramma

    QuiltinGramma Chirping

    Jan 22, 2015
    Rainier, Washington
    I'll be getting chicks in a couple of days, so I have that question, too. I've read about using construction sand, pine chips, cedar chips, newspapers, paper towels. I think I just need to jump in and do it. But here's what I've gleaned from what I've read (and PLEASE, everyone, correct me if I'm wrong):

    1. It's best not to use cedar chips because it can cause respiratory problems.
    2. Pine chips are fine.
    3. Be careful when using newspapers that are laid flat because they can cause splayed legs. I would assume shredded newspapers would be okay because the chicks can't slipped on that like they can on flat newspapers.
    4. By putting a layer of paper towels on top of your wood chips (or shredded newspaper), will help make clean-up easier.
    5. Construction sand on the floor of your coop makes clean-up very easy.
    6. I assume straw can be used but I haven't read anything on that, so I'm talking out of ignorance about using straw.

    I have a question, everyone, about construction sand. How thick does it need to be on the floor of the coop? Can it be successfully used if your coop is a chicken tractor or would the sand make the tractor too heavy to move around the yard?

    So, along with Rpeeps, anyone want to chime in and help us out?
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  3. ECBW

    ECBW Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    I would use regular wood shaving over anything else.

    Tried sand. Found it too harsh on the floor. It was also very heavy when it got too dirty and had to be changed out. Where would you dispose all that sand? Can't compost sand!
  4. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    For nests, I use shredded junk mail.

    For coop floor, I use pine shavings, 10-12" deep.

    For run, mostly shredded leaves and wood chips, 10-24" deep.
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