Coop bedding - Does anyone use straw?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by citygirl, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. citygirl

    citygirl Out Of The Brooder

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    We have an existing coop and have always used straw in it. It is inexpensive and works ok. Since recently joining this forum I learned that many people use pine shavings or other bedding. My husband says it will be to expensive to use shavings in two chicken oops. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I would keep using straw. Pine shavings are mostly used in brooders.
     
  3. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

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    I use straw in the winter, shavings in the summer. We let the straw age outside and then use it in the garden. The one thing I don't like about straw is that it mats down quickly. In the winter it's good though, they like to nestle in it during the day before they roost for the night. We recycle the shavings for mulch around the trees. Not that the girls leave it alone! They'll spread it everywhere. [​IMG]

    Hope this help!

    Colby in KY
     
  4. riley

    riley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use pine shavings and straw in the winter and just pine shavings in the summer seems to work well
     
  5. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw also. It works alright. It isn't very absorbent but it is cheap and easy to get.
     
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Me too. Straw in winter, shavings in summer
     
  7. raneydayfarm

    raneydayfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Straw for us!
     
  8. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Shavings here in n.central California. I don't clean it every week, but only as necessary. I add some dry stall and sweet pdz and the girls have never had a problem with it. They also get some alfalfa every couple of days to scratch through and eat. Nice big eggs! [​IMG]
     
  9. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use brome hay.
     
  10. countryboy88

    countryboy88 Out Of The Brooder

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    I use straw and only straw. I have tried the shavings but they were to much of a hassle to get and to clean up.

    I find that the straw works better than the shavings, but thats just me.
     

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