Bedding...what kind do you use and why???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Three Cedars Silkies, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. We're in Florida so that might make a difference. Straw is not readily available and VERY expensive when you can find it. We use a lot of pine shavings and I like it except...the chickens dig down to the dirt underneath and mix it all together. I have a friend who uses the white "play sand" in pens and uses a kitty litter scoop to clean it. I'm thinking about doing this but wanted input from others prior to changing...thanks so much!!
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  2. Anyone that can give me your opinion on this??
  3. bangor777

    bangor777 Songster

    May 4, 2008
    i like the pine shavings, but then i've never used anything else. I like the smell, chicks seem happy in it. play sand sounds interesting though. hopefully someone else will chime in
  4. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    We use either hay or pine shavings in their laying boxes. A small amount of shavings on the coop floor and the run is just dirt. I will put a kiddie pool in the run in the summer with play sand.
  5. Thanks so much for your replies. I'm thinking maybe we'll try the sand in our pullets coop first and see how it goes.
  6. tvtaber

    tvtaber Songster

    Aug 2, 2007
    Central CA
    If you lay pine shavings on dirt and the chickens are digging through it, you have the prefect set up for the "deep-litter" method. This will prevent your having to clean out the coop for several months (if ever!). here is a link to a great info site:

    Sand may look nice, but cleaning chicken poop up witha kitty litter scoop? Not for me!

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