I need an alternative for pine shavings...any advise?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JLS, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

    May 29, 2009
    My Coop
    I have found out the hard way that I am very allergic to pine shavings. This is a shock to me because I have had pets that use pine shavings since I was a child. Now I am the proud mama of 2 1/2 week old chicks.

    My eyes begin to itch and swell within a few minutes of being near the brooder. I need to find a substrate material that will work now and into their adulthood. Can I use straw or hay? If so...which one is better? I have been informed that straw and hay are not the same thing. Do you have any advise?
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2009
  2. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

    Apr 28, 2009
    They have stuff at petstores near me... It's small animal bedding, and i think it's made out of fluffed up recylced paper of some sort? I've never used it, cause it's kind of pricey... but it comes in all different colors, not sure what its called though....

    You could also get straw or hay?
  3. Holly O

    Holly O Songster

    May 1, 2009
    Bergen Norway
    The recycled paper pet bedding is what I used. Worked great and is cheaper at Walmart.
  4. setter4

    setter4 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    Quote:If you have been around pine before with no issue are you SURE that is the problem? Could you be allergic to the CHICKS????
  5. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Songster

    May 1, 2009
    That bedding is called CareFresh and it is very expensive I use it for my one little guinea pig but would have to make more money than I do to afford the CareFresh in my brooders, if it was cheaper I wouldn't mind using it, it does have pretty colors and would look cool in the brooders. you could match your chicks color to their bedding! [​IMG]
    Straw or hay would work too but it might be hard for the chicks to walk in, might get their little feet tangled up in it, that has just been my experience with that type of bedding.. What about aspen?
  6. RL

    RL Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    Oak Point, TX
    I've heard of some that use sand, but I would think you'd have to scoop that alot. Don't know if it would be hard on their feet or not. Might work.
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Ive also used shredded paper from an office. It works a treat for chick bedding.
  8. NCchickenman1958

    NCchickenman1958 In the Brooder

    May 24, 2009
    Mint Hill N.C.
    I was looking at tractor supply and they have aspen bedding no oils or odor. they hav e a online store, you can google tractor supply and check it out.
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I was having lots of migraine headaches that the dr. couldn't find the source of...she sent me to an allergist...after being around dogs my entire life...now at age 63 when I went to the allergist...test positive for DOGS!! They wanted me to get rid of my four house dogs..Shih-Tzu breed. I refused, dr's got mad, but I can live with the headaches but cannot live without my dogs. Lesson of this story..............you can develop allergies at any point in your life. Happy to report, I no longer have migraines, just take a couple Excedrin Migraine tablets when I felt one coming on. They have now completely stopped. I also have a friend who has always eaten shell fish, now she has developed a life threatening allergy to to them. So it doesn't matter, it could be the chickens or it could be the shavings.
  10. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    Oh lord! I hope I never spontaneously become allergic to birds! [​IMG]
    I would dress up in the craziest looking outfit complete with helmet and booties in order to go see my birds without falling over dead [​IMG]

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