Finding pine shavings in bulk

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenCop, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. ChickenCop

    ChickenCop Songster

    I contacted my local "environment friendly" company (purchasing mulch, etc in bulk). They tell me they only have cedar shavings and its in bags....I saw in another post that cedar is a no no....Any ideas where i can look? Really would hate to go to the pet shop and buy 25 lb bags of pine shavings....I plan on covering 16x10 sections in my coop. Thanks!
  2. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    I'm not sure if you are referring to a feed store or not but I buy Pine shavings at my feed store for $4.15 a 50 lb bag. Walmart ca't compete with that price. Look up feed stores in your phone book and see if there is one nearby. Good luck, Darlene
  3. MyPerfectChicken

    MyPerfectChicken Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    If you have an Agway here the more you buy the cheeper it is!
  4. horsewishr

    horsewishr Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    West Michigan
    or Tractor Supply Company.

    You have to go where the horse people go to get bedding for their stalls.
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:Same here. $4-5 for a big bag that covers 60 square feet at 2-3" deep.
    If your gonna use the deep litter method it may cost you $50 for 10 bags
    but it will last a long time.
  6. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    any lumber mills in your area ?, we got ours from a furniture manufacturing company, or from the dump after they disposed of it. they dumped in a separate area then regular refuse.
  7. ChickenCop

    ChickenCop Songster

    We have a tractor supply a few miles away...didnt think of that.Thanks!

    I also got thinking about this "workworking" business I go by on patrol on nights. I might stop in there this evening and see if they can find me a pickup load at a "good" price!

    Just wanted to thank everyone's input, I must say this is the MOST active and informative forum i have ever been on. Great to know there really are some good people still out there!
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Most likely their stuff will be too sawdusty to use for a coop, so be careful... even stuff from mills (bought in bulk) sometimes has an awful lot of sawdust. Bagged shavings sold specifically for animal bedding is more reliable (not that you can't occasionally get a bad bag or brand, but, I mean, on the whole).

    Good luck,

  9. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I have a 8 X 16 coop and it took 4 bags to cover about 5-6 inches deep. I get mine at Rural King for about $4.50 a bag.
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    and this is why...I use straw. I did try shaveings...I just didnt like the mess out in the yards...they drag it all over. With the straw...sweet PDZ mixed in...and DE...I have NO issues! Personal preferance I guess.

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