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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by foxhollow, Jul 17, 2008.
Are there other options to buying pine shavings other than the compressed pack?
I PM'd you. Hopefully, the hatchery gets you your right order or at least a refund of some sort.
I have a friend that buys hers from a Mom & Pop landscaping company. She has horses and chickens, so goes through quite a bit. You could also ask the local feed store, too. They might have resources, if anything. I buy mine from Fleet Farm. a 20lb bag is $5. According to the fancy Fleet Farm website, it expands to 7 cu. ft. when opened! Way to go Fleet Farm!
Holm, this is so sweet!
Scandiafowl, do you have any local towns with a compost site? We just found out our city compost lets you pick up FREE truckloads of compost and mulch. So we will be trying a load of mulch for the coop. Free is free. It won't be as fine as pine shavings, but hopefully it will work for us!
A friend of mine did this last year - she was able to move them around in wooden chicken tractors for a while as they were young. They were a little under half grown when she moved them into a fenced area. Good eating!
Are you just using them for bedding?
Some alternative or free bedding that we've been happy with: bagged leaves, arborists wood chips from a tree guy down the road, untreated pine shavings from a friend who does a lot of woodworking, sand (non-silica), pine needles.
Hope that helps!
That does help. I'm doing a lot of brush clearing and tree trimming, if I rent a shredder I could put all that to good use. It's for bedding.
Probably not in Scandia proper but I'll check in out, thanks for the idea!
That is where I've been buying and it works well. Seems I'm going to have to invest in a truck soon!