Bedding

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mcpumphrey, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. mcpumphrey

    mcpumphrey Just Hatched

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    I'm new here! I have two 15 week old Pekin females. I want to possibly switch their bedding from recycled paper bedding to something more cost effective, but still comfy and safe!! Need some opinions on good bedding! Thanks!
     
  2. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    :welcome

    Pine shavings would probably be the cheapest and safest thing. You can get them anywhere (Walmart, TSC, your local feed store). Just make sure they aren't cedar :)
     
  3. WiddleChix

    WiddleChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I buy is pine shavings for my chicks it's pretty cheap about $6 for a big bag of it.
     
  4. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    It really depends where you're located. Are you in the U.S?
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I too like wood shavings and as said above just be sure they're are not cedar ones. There are some great articles here on bedding and coop materials that I'm sure you will find helpful ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/housing-and-feeding-your-chickens

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I use sand or even any type of soil that has good run off. I am fortunate that live in the middle of nowhere and can harvest it for free out here. LOL But if you have a near by river area that you can legally dig sand, river sand is an excellent medium to use. Sand is very clean, easy to maintain, it repels flies, dries fast and stays fairly dry when wet and the birds love to dig around and even bathe in it. I used to use wood shavings but switched years ago to natural sand and dirt and I will never go back to standard beddings. Even use sand in my nest boxes! LOL

    Definitely follow the link that Yorkshire Coop has provided for more ideas on the different types of bedding out there.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our roost! :)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    It pretty much comes down to sand or pine shavings, some folks use the deep litter method, which I am not familiar with.
     
  8. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use the deep litter method with pine shavings.
    I clean it out 2x per year and my coop/birds always smell good. No problem with flies, either.
    The cleanouts go into the compost and are turned over weekly.
    Sure does wonders for the veggie garden and as a mulch around the fruit trees.
    I just can't fathom any other method.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. n8nbu

    n8nbu Out Of The Brooder

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    What is the deep litter methed,? we have leaves,grass and pine shavings here in the country. And I'm wondering how deep even if I just use pine shavings for the cold winter months here in Michigan. Love our chicks but so much to learn thank you all.
     

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