Not all wood shavings absorb the same

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sylvie, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2008
    I was buying pine wood shavings in a bale for $6 from a feed mill. These were low dust, smelled wonderful and really absorbed well. I realized that I needed more, but it was Sunday and the feed mill was closed. So, I went to the Tractor Supply where I knew they have pine shavings in a bale, got one for $6.75 and put it in the brooder.
    In one day I could tell the difference with it being wet, some ammonia smell, lots of moisture pooling on the floor of the brooder. The second day was worse and I kept adding more shavings and stirring. The third day I emptied it and started with more fresh and kept the chicks outside for several hours.
    It began all over again and they are right at an open window with good ventilation. I bought Stall Dry and that helped but, boy, have I cursed those shavings.
    It's clear that not all pine shavings are created alike.

    Has anyone else had issues with different brands of pine shavings? I'm heading back to the feed mill on Monday.
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I personally dont like TSC's shavings. They are small chips, and are usually way to dusty for my taste...

    I prefer Country Boy, but I dont know if that's a local brand or not...
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 23, 2008
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use TSC shavings and they work great. I dont find them dusty.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Maybe it's the quality control in the packaging. When I was little and in the days before chickens I'd buy these tiny expensive packs of shavings, sometimes it was light and fluffy when pulled out, sometimes it was small and crumbly. But if it's a bad batch, sounds like it's run material.
  5. Sylvie

    Sylvie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2008
    A bad batch could have been the problem.
    I know I run the risk of a bad bale with any brand I choose, LOL!
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    You have to watch where they are stored, Our TSC stores thier shavings outside, so if it has been rained on, the shavings will be wet.

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