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Pine chips or straw

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

  1. donnanadtom

    donnanadtom Hatching

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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 9 Years

    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 Songster

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

    fzouk Songster

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

    Chicken Chum Hatching

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

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

    Chicken Chum Hatching

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

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