pine shavings or hay?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Peeps298, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Peeps298

    Peeps298 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am curious, what do most people use on the floor of their coops, pine shavings or hay? What do most use in their nest boxes, pine shavings or hay?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Pine shavings in coop and hay in nests.

    I like the hay as it comes apart in batts from the bale. Chickens cant scratch it out of nests but make a nice "nest" indent in it.
     
  3. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a lengthy thread going regarding this topic. It's something like
    "what are you putting on the floor of your coop this winter".
    Great information from a lot of people in many different areas.

    Me, I use pine shavings.
     
  4. Braclin

    Braclin KY Chicken Farmer

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    I use pine shavings in both!
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Pine shavings in both for me as well. Going to use the deep litter method this winter. The natural decomposition of the chicken droppings will create some warmth for them.........
     
  6. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I save newspaper, shred it in the paper shredder, and voila! free bedding that is completely compostable [​IMG]
     
  7. Tdub4chiks

    Tdub4chiks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings. I read that they eat the hay and this can lead into impacted crops. Not sure if it's true or not, but wanted to let you know.
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Shavings. FIrst, because they are WAY WAY easier to clean (spot- or totally) than hay or straw.

    And mostly because hay is FOOD, darnit, and it kind of bothers me to see perfectly edible hay being used as *bedding* in some places where in other places it is in very short supply (and often being trucked in from the first sort of place). Mulch hay is not appropriate as bedding b/c of the mold factor.

    JMHO,

    Pat
     
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:Do you think they meant straw? Isn't it the straw that's bedding and the hay that's food? [​IMG]
     
  10. Plucky Pullet

    Plucky Pullet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I was using pine shaving, but my hubby wanted something that stayed in the coop after we got a little shower of pine everytime the coop was opened. So he got a bale of straw hay. Now the chickens love making a nest out of the stuff but is is harder to clean (in my opinion) than pine. So as soon as my bale is gone I am going back to pine, it is so much easier to clean than hay!!
     

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