Pine shavings = dust

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rockridge Chicks, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Rockridge Chicks

    Rockridge Chicks In the Brooder

    Sep 19, 2007
    Kingston, Ont
    Hi Everybody!

    Just wondering how some of you deal with dust in the coop.

    I am using the deep litter method w/ pine shavings. I have found that I am starting to get quite the buildup of dust everywhere in the coop.

    Having dust alergies myself doesn't help...

    During the day I have the large front door open to the barn and a few windows open for cross breezes, My chickens do have an outside pen to roam in as well. But I am worried about the dust buildup with winter comming on, not being able to properly air out the coop.

    I rake gently 2 times a day to turn the shavings.

    How do you keep dust to a minimal??

    Thoughts ideas...

  2. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I find that some shavings are dustier than others. It seems the finer they are the dustier. It only gets stirred up when you are raking or when they are scratching. If they are out in their pen all day and go in at dusk then there should not be a problem as once they go in they are going to settle in for the night. If I were you with your allergies I would wear one of those paper nose/mouth mask and that will help so you are not breathing it in. I do not know that there is a solution, my coops are small and I try and rake out the top layer once a week and add fresh. In the winter I will lay some hay in there too.
  3. Ma

    Ma Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Camanche, Iowa

    It sounds like I have a similar set up as you. It seems like the dust is simply unavoidable. This fall when my alergies got bad I started wearing a mask, or a kerchief over my nose/mouth. It really helped.

    It took my girls awhile to get used to me with the mask on my face though![​IMG]

    Now I just hang a mask on the inside of the entrance door to the coop. Since we also have dropping boards, I always wear a mask when cleaning them. I highly recommend this. JMHO. HTH

  4. Sandrachx

    Sandrachx Songster

    Oct 16, 2007
    Chelsea, MI
    we have slats under our roosting poles. for winter, i wanted to try the deep bedding method and layered straw on the slats, a little sand on the straw and wood shavings on top. i have a smaller area (2'x6') in front of the roosting poles that i have a sand and wood shaving mix. the girls seem to like that - though it's not been really cold yet...s.e. michigan still above freezing now.
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    You might want to try laying some hay on top of the shavings. Or, the feed store has shavings that are bigger and have less dust. Or you can very lightly spray them with water-but very lightly.

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