Can I use used horse shavings for bedding in a pasture house???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by RBOutdoors, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    I have unlimited access to used horse shavings and wanrted to know if anyone saw a problem with using them as bedding in my pasture pen. It is going to have a plywood bottom and need something to go on the wood. Thses shavings would not be totaly soiled as the are from show horses so the keep the stalls pretty clean.

    What do you think byc?
  2. dirtdoctor

    dirtdoctor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2007
    Hollister, Califronia
    I often get dumpsters of used horse bedding, And i have used it in the chicken coop, ( a two car garage sized coop). I have not had any negitive results.
    130 birds normally, cept lately bobcat has been making many meals.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I use stall cleanings to bed my outdoor (roofed, wrapped mostly with plastic) runs at the beginning of wintertime. Works really well for me. However, this is on dirt, and in an environment where very little precipitation blows in. In a rainier/snowier setup, and on wood, you'd have to be careful about dampness and resulting rot of the wood.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Can you lay some rubber mats down? Those would work well but yes over time, it will rot unless you treat it.

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