Hay or Pine Chips?

Sgsf

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I've noticed a lot of people using Pine Chips. I currently use Hay in my coop, but I'm wondering: Is there really a difference in them? Is one better than the other?
 

Beekissed

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I used to use hay and found that the longer fibers became hard for the girls to shuffle through/turn when they became soiled or damp. They were also harder for me to turn once I really get some depth on my litter. They call it "forming a cap" when its like that.

This year I used pine chips and will never go back to hay or straw! The chickens could turn their own bedding if I just threw some BOSS in there every once in awhile. When it was time to remove, you could do it easily with a grain shovel. They smell fresher and they absorb more fecal matter. They are also easier to spread on the garden or compost later on.
 

Beekissed

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YW! BTW, welcome to the forum!
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MaureenL128

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we started out using pine shavings ann love it! hay just in their nesting boxes....i switched to cedar shavings but recently have had one girl with a sinus infection...i have read on here that the cedar can give them respiratory problems so i will be switching back to pine tomorrow!!!!
 

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