Bedding preference Straw, wood shavings or other

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickentooth, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. chickentooth

    chickentooth Out Of The Brooder

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    I use straw in winter and pine shavings in the warmer weather. I like the smell of the straw better but it is harder to clean up, in winter i think it insulates better just wondering what others think.
     
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use hay and shredded leaves. I like the natural stuff and I am cheap.
     
  3. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the pine shavings. Super easy to clean up since I have linoleum down.
     
  4. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Linoleum? You have your chickens in the Kitchen?!?!?!? [​IMG]
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Sand
     
  6. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I use course sand in the run - which is covered to keep it dry. Its very easy to rake over and sweep off feathers and dry poop from the top. Also the chickens love scratching about in it and it looks tidy and bits don't blow around the garden.

    In the coop I have a mesh floor for the birds to walk on, and the poop falls through onto dry earth. No smell and I shovel it out every few weeks to make fertilizer for the garden - adding extra soil back under the coop.
     
  7. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Shavings, winter & summer... The run is dirt and snow right now lol
     
  8. ChelleBelle

    ChelleBelle Out Of The Brooder

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    Sand and pine shavings in the nest boxes.
     
  9. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like teh shavings but they are more expensive. I use straw, leaves and pine branches cut up and tossed in. I use pine shavings for the brooders and sometimes in the nesting boxes but I like straw int eh nesting boxes better because it seems to be more cushioning.
     
  10. chickentooth

    chickentooth Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your input, I think i am going to put sand in my run this spring. I hear a lotof good stuff about it outside.
     

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