Pine Shavings or Straw?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by festivefeet, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. festivefeet

    festivefeet Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Is it okay to use straw instead of pine shavings in the hen house? What are the pros and cons?

  2. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Songster

    May 22, 2009
    I use both, but I chop up the straw. Some people mentioned that the straw is too dusty and to be honest is no more dusty than the shavings, IMO. I don't like either just alone, so I use both. Just my preference [​IMG]
  3. TeriNick50

    TeriNick50 In the Brooder

    We use pine shavings only. The girls like to fluff it up, it's absorbent, inexpensive and easy to manage.
  4. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I use pine - I tried straw, had yuckies start to grow in it and I had a lot of flies
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I use pine shavings on the floor of my coop. It makes the deep litter method easy to keep up.
    I use hay in my nestboxes only. Hay is more readily available around here than straw.
  6. TeriNick50

    TeriNick50 In the Brooder

    Why do you use hay in the nesting boxes only? is there an advantage or is this a personal choice?
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Well, only because I find the pine shavings easier to turn on the coop floor than hay would be. I also like the nests the hens form out of the hay in their boxes.
    When I clean the nestboxes once a week it's easy to just pick up the whole wad of hay and toss it out. I put a clump of new hay in the nestboxes and the hens arrange it to their liking.
  8. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    Straw will be compacted to the bottom of the pen and doesnt give to pressure very well so it hold poop on top while shavings moves freely causing the poop to move to the bottom and straw molds very easy and I have never had shaving to mold! straw can also have a lot of bugs and unwanted parasites in it if it come from a farm usually more with livestock but it can carry bird lice from wild birds along with mites and other unwanted critters!

    shavings i goes through a chipping process and it is from the inside of a tree so its kind of hard to get parasites!

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