pine shavings vs. hay bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kelster6, May 9, 2008.

  1. kelster6

    kelster6 In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2008
    williamsburg, va
    does anyone have recommendations about brooder bedding? pine shavings vs. hay?
    pros and cons to both? I've heard baby chicks will sometimes eat the shavings so I have hay over paper towels down right now.
  2. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Shaving would be better over hay, but if in the beginning you can use papertowels for the first few day that would be good.
  3. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    Shavings stay dryer and cleaner longer than hay.
  4. I NEVER use shavings for babies under 2 weeks old. Use straw or hay for the first 2 weeks because there is a great chance that the chickens will ingest them and get blocked up and it could be fatal.
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  5. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

    Apr 22, 2008
    SW FL
    I'm interested in this one as well. I can get a large roll of hay for $35, a brick of shavings is $5-$6. I'm guessing that a roll would last me 1.5 to 2 years, if I didn't feed the rest to the cows maybe longer. I'm guessing I'll go through a brick of shavings every month or two. So that is $60-$120 a year under ideal contions. Now I've read that hay can harbor mites, and that could be a problem. I do plan on using DE (bought full bag yesterday), so I don't know if that would negate the mite issue? Any other reason NOT to use hay? I own a chipper, and could send the hay through that first? That might knock the volume of hay way down, so I might only get a year out of a roll, but still much better than shavings. I'm still really new to all of this, am I missing something? Maybe a combo of shavings and hay?
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  6. SOchic4

    SOchic4 In the Brooder

    im a beginner too and only have 4 hens but i use a combo of hay and shavings both worked fine but the shavings smell better and seem to make it cleaner

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