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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Fawn and Fam, Jan 12, 2014.
Which are better and why?
i dont us shaving i use hay or straw i think straw workes better its way easyer to clean out and it cost alot less
I've always used pine shavings and really like them. I need to buy more and "hardwood" shavings are on sale cheaper than the pine. I'm just wondering if anyone knows if they are better than pine and okay for chickens?
Just don't get cedar shavings, something about the strong aroma they put off will screw with the chickens lungs and can give them lung infections.
Hardwood should be fine, but they probably won't break down as quickly as pine if you are putting them into a compost after coop use.
i use the hay out of my duck coop and chicken coop for my black berry's works good i take them to my grandma's house she make black berry jam
There are studies that show that pine is just as harmful as cedar and there are also people who've kept chickens in cedar shavings for years without any ill effects. Straw is hollow and can harbor mites. That's what's out there for you to research.
I use a 2 inch base of pine with straw on top in the winter and during the summer months I use about a 1 inch base of pine only. I don't worry a whole lot about it because my coop is very well ventilated. If I had access to hardwood shavings, I would probably be using them.
If you do enough research, I'm sure you could find that there is no completely safe bedding material.
Does anyone know if the hardwood shavings are as absorbent as the pine?
Fawn..... the harder (denser) the wood is the longer it takes to absorb moisture.
Using hardwoods is not advised, as they are more likely to harbor aspergillosis spores and are much more likely to cause this ailment in chickens.
This condition is acerbated when the spores of this mold become airborne under dry, dusty, low humidity conditions."
Honestly, it's not worth the risk to me. Aspergillosis kills a lot of birds every year and it's not pretty. Oak seems to be the biggest concern of all commonly used hardwoods.
Pine is not ideal either, but is safer.