Can you use pine chips or sand for coop and run bedding?????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mystery Peepers, May 3, 2009.

  1. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm building a chicken shed and run out of an old chain link dog pen.
    I'd like to know if you can use pine wood chips or sand for bedding. If not, what can I use? [​IMG]

    - Mystery peepers

    currently owning,
    dog,cat,kittens,crabs,bunnies,6peepers,soon to be cow
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Sand is great for drainage. Pine shavings are fine (no cedar though). Wood will stink when it gets wet & starts to rot.
     
  3. breezy

    breezy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a small coop inside my dog run and closed in the top with chicken wire to keep the hawks out. I put sand down on the dirt and then alfalfa on the sand. The chickens seem to love eating it and scratching thru it. I used pine shavings inside the coop and add DE to the shavings about once a week to keep it odor free when I stir it up and scrape a little off the top. When the alfalfa is looking kind of sad I rake it up and add it to my compost pile then add a couple more flakes scattered around. So far no odor no flies no prolonged muddy floor even after extreme snow
     
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  4. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    Breezy,
    what does DE mean?

    thanks
     
  5. Eggs-Actly

    Eggs-Actly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    don't mean to speak for anyone or butt in on a conversation but I thought I would help.

    DE is diatomaceous earth
    do a search for it on this site and you'll be amazed at all the things it's used for [​IMG]
     
  6. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you![​IMG]
    You didn't butt in I don't think.[​IMG]
    Diatomaceous earth huh? I'll look it up.

    -mystery peepers
     
  7. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE is great for keeping odors down, cuz it helps to dry the poop fast. Also helps prevent mites on chickens. But, be sure it is "Food Grade", not the kind used in swimming pools! Good luck!

    Gail
     
  8. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a good idea to search the DE stuff on this site, lots of folks use it for lots of reasons, but there are also well reasoned arguments against using it in areas where it will be inhaled (ie in bedding where it will be scratched up/ turned up) or dust baths for chickens. You have to decide for yourself, but it isn't universally considered benign or necessary.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) or Stall Dry in my pine shavings, in the nest boxes, the birds run and places they like to dust bathe. As long as you keep the dampness out no stink, no flies, fleas, mites and such and have good ventilation.
    This site has good information. It's not the one I was looking for. http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html
     
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  10. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Go to Index, and FAQ's, and scroll down for good threads on DE.
     

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