Chick Bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Twin Oaks, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. Twin Oaks

    Twin Oaks New Egg

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    We got a mulcher/chipper last summer. Will fresh pine mulch/chips made this way be o.k. for the peeps that are due to arrive next week?
    My husband runs a sawmill and wood planer. I was wondering if these shavings would be o.k. around peeps and/or hens. They are from pine and hardwoods. No cedar or treated woods.
    Thank you for your help. We are first time chicken owners.
     
  2. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used pine chips for my chicks. I'd think yours would be ok if they weren't to chunky, or wet.
     
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    They will be fine. Lucky you not having to pay for shavings. [​IMG]
     
  4. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:what would make them any different than the ones people buy?
     
  5. AnOldGuy

    AnOldGuy New Egg

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    The bedding is usually kiln dried to reduce moisture content.
     
  6. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    We do that also. My husband has a wood planer and a mulcher also. We use the trees and branches for the outside pen of the coop and we use the planed shavings for the smaller chicks and the inside of the coop. I have not had a problem with them being too wet or anything. [​IMG]
     
  7. Twin Oaks

    Twin Oaks New Egg

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    Thank you very much. That may have seemed like a dumb question to you. But, not having to buy this stuff--being able to use my own--just seemed too easy! I love it. [​IMG]
     
  8. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I also plane a lot of lumber and it is all air dried.. my shavings are just as dry as kiln dried, maybe drier , in some cases..
     

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