hay vs. wood shavings

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jenmiller, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. jenmiller

    jenmiller Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive been using hay for my coop. It gets pretty nasty fairly quickly. My husband has taken up a new hobby of making bowls and he hand turns them which produces a serious amount of wood shavings. More then what we know what to do with. Can i use that as the coop floor? or does it have to be treated somehow???
     
  2. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wood shavings IMO would be better than the hay. ALOT better. What kind of wood is he using? I dont know if that makes a difference though.
     
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No cedar, but sure mix it with the compacted shavings. If these are large pieces break-em up.
     
  4. ALRwild

    ALRwild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree with above post. Pine shavings are better for the main coop, but I like to put hay in my nesting boxes. No cedar shavings. If they are really big, or really small (like dust) then I wouldn't use them. You can always buy them, though!
     
  5. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings for the coop and nesting boxes. Very easy to keep clean.
     
  6. JahDW

    JahDW Out Of The Brooder

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    hay is for horses
     
  7. srothove

    srothove Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens has an issue with pine shavings, so we switched to hay. She was sneezing, but not after we made the switch.

    Check out this article regarding toxicity of pine shavings: http://www.ratfanclub.org/litters.html
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    My chickens never had a problem with pine shavings. After several decades, I developed a sensitivity to them. I now have a problem with any kind of live Christmas tree. I use aspen shavings in the coop and it works great. They don't bother me at all.
     
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  9. jenmiller

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    Well now i dont have to worry about what to use b/c the neighbors dogs killed all 20 of my chickens in one day!!! YAY ME!
     
  10. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Re: hay vs. wood shavings

    Well now i dont have to worry about what to use b/c the neighbors dogs killed all 20 of my chickens in one day!!! YAY ME!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] How did that happen?​
     

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