Pine shavings for brooder and coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Buddy M, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. Buddy M

    Buddy M New Egg

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    I live in north Orange County, CA. I am getting ready for my first time raising chickens. It sounds like pine shavings is one of the better materials to put in the brooder for the new chicks and later in the coop. Does anyone in my area know of a good source for purchasing pine shavings (in bulk, if possible). Thanks!
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi Buddy, welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    You should think about buying bagged animal bedding shavings instead of shavings from a sawmill. Shavings for animal bedding have been kiln dried and are clean, shavings from other sources may have been made from green wood and be wet, or stored in a way that may increase the risk of mold or other contaminants. Any good farm supply store will sell shavings in plastic bales. Look for the course, not the fine ones (those are too dusty).
     
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! x2 on the shavings; I buy the bagged stuff from the farm supply store, and add leaves, some hay, and some clippings, and it's fine. It will depend on what you find, but it's also not that expensive (here in Michigan). Mary
     
  4. ADSCHICKENS

    ADSCHICKENS Out Of The Brooder

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    We live in Florida and get most of our chicken supplies from Tractor Supply and they usually have pine shavings for $5.00 a bag and it takes us a couple of months to go through a bag.
     
  5. Buddy M

    Buddy M New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice and help! There is a Tractor Supply not too far from me. Chicks come about a week, so will be busy getting ready.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Be sure to browse the 'raising baby chicks' forum.
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