Pine chips or straw

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by donnanadtom, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. donnanadtom

    donnanadtom New Egg

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    I would like to know which is better for in the chicken coop, straw or Pine chips. Our chicken yard/run is all sand ( we live in the desert ) should we put straw or pine chips there as well?
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Straw gets moldy when it gets wet. Pine shaving do not.
     
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Because of the curing process, straw is filled with mildew spores that only need a little moisture to activate. Pine is great.
     
  4. FF

    FF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definetly go with pine. Best choice for clean chcikens and makes them smell better
     
  5. fzouk

    fzouk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's interesting! I use pine chips but had also wondered "why not straw?" So thank you!
     
  6. Jeremy Parker

    Jeremy Parker Out Of The Brooder

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    I use pine chips 4"deep in my coop.

    I rake them every couple of days and i find they last longer this way and the chickens are always scratching them too!

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  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use pine shavings. Normally the coops get cleaned out once a month.
     
  8. Chicken Chum

    Chicken Chum New Egg

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    DO NOT USE PINE SHAVINGS FOR CHICKS!javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]',%20''); THEY WILL EAT THEM AND CHOKE!
     
  9. monita

    monita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always heard pine and cedar chips were bad for chickens [​IMG]
     
  10. Chicken Chum

    Chicken Chum New Egg

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    Only for baby ones.javascript:insert_text('[​IMG]',%20'');
     

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