my first pet chickens

shadowman

In the Brooder
9 Years
Oct 18, 2010
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HI folks!
I'm new here, and I just got my first pair of bearded silkies and they are awesome:D! I want to keep their coop as clean as possible and I was wondering if I could use cat litter in their coop:rolleyes:. I have pine shavings in there now.
I will be be getting more chickens in the spring ( rhode island reds and golden phoenix) but the silkies will remain strictly for pets. I keep thier coop in my sun porch. any info on the litter would be appreciated.
 

True Grit

Songster
9 Years
May 2, 2010
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Orono, Minnesota
My Coop
My Coop
Hmm, let us know how it works out.
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And:welcome
 

Lilacfeather

In the Brooder
9 Years
Sep 4, 2010
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Richmond, VA
The clay litter is more than likely not good for their respiratory systems. I use a cat litter called the World's Best Cat Litter (for my cats). It's environmentally friendly, and biodegradable, so you could put it in the compost, which you can't do with clay litter. However, it's made from corn cob or something, and looks an awful lot like their feed, so they may try to eat it?

A lot of folks use sand, which is safe, scoopable, inexpensive, and does a great job of odor control.
 

Mrsfoote

Songster
9 Years
Jul 19, 2010
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Laurel Montana
i also noticed even with the pine shavings it dries the poop really well i have 1 silkie and 3 large frame girls and i use a cat litter scoop and scoop all the big pieces with that using a shaking motion or if they're dry my hands
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no real mess except their molting so it looks like a chicken exploded
 

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