1. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    What is the cheapest, without compromising their health, bedding for chickens? My family has just recently taken a major paycut, about $700 a month, I need to try to find ways to cut back. My local feed store sells 3 cu ft of wood shavings for almost 8 bucks, and I go through 1 a week so I am trying to see if anybody else uses something else.
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Uhg! I know exactly where you are coming from. My hubby's been out of work for nine months!

    Anyway... I have nine hens in my hen house. I am able to get the larger bags of bedding (9 cu. ft.) for about $5.00 here. I had to call around as there was a big difference in prices at different feed stores. I use the deep litter method and go through about one bag every month. Walmart is now selling shavings here (never use cedar) but my local feedstore is still cheaper where I live.

    You could try to find a local wood working shop that might have shavings for free? You would just need to make sure they don't mix cedar in with it. Put out a wanted ad on your local Craigslist and see if you get any responses. Also, you could try your local Freecycle forum.

    I know others use bedding like straw, hay or even sand but I see too many 'issues' with those plus I don't really think you save money using them. Unless you got it for free.
  3. mmajw

    mmajw Songster

    Jan 31, 2008
    You could try straw or hay but I bet it is probably more expensive then the pine shavings.

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