Which is better and why? And if you prefer pine shavings, are they so much better that you'd pay for them vs. using free straw? If so, why? Discuss... I'm starting this topic because I really want to use pine shavings for my chickens, but hubby says straw is fine and we have it already as we bale it ourselves. However, even in just the month I've had young chickens and used straw I DO NOT LIKE IT WHATSOEVER and I'm hoping for some people to back me up and describe to him how much better wood shavings are and how much cleaner they are, how much better they break down in the DLM for use as compost on the garden, etc. Or if not, then to tell me that straw is just fine and pine shavings won't be as great as I think they are, lol!