Pine or Cedar bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by marcus connor, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. marcus connor

    marcus connor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need something to put in my roost, we live in TX so we have Pine, Cedar.So what can i put that would last a while
     
  2. 11mini

    11mini Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty sure cedar is toxic to chickens. I use pine shavings.
     
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  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cedar is no good for chickens.
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Cedar is not good for any animal.
     
  5. marcus connor

    marcus connor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok what about pine
     
  6. 11mini

    11mini Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine is OK, that is what I use. I get the larger size shavings around 1".
     
  7. kateseidel

    kateseidel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Marcus, I used pine shavings for a long while. I have also used bedding pellets and sand. My current bedding (the winner after years of trial and error), is chopped forage, which I get at the feed store. This is chopped hay, treated with glycerin to eliminate the dust. Lasts a long time, smells good, absorbs well, the chickens love it. I love it. And sometimes I sneak some to my old mare for a treat (she loves it too). I pay around $13.00 a bale, and one bale will take me through about 2-3 months in my coop (15-20 hens)

    Some photos of the bedding - this is about a month old. I scoop the poop from under the corner roosts
    one a week or so, and toss the bedding. Every few weeks I add 1/3 of a bag or so as needed.


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