Poll. Shavings or straw in nesting bixes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chicamama, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    and if you care to elaborate why one over the other?

    TIA! [​IMG]
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I use pine shavings only because I like the smell a little better [​IMG]
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I use pine shavings because they are so easy to keep clean and they do smell good!

    People use straw but I don't like it because it can harbor mites and other crawlies in the hollow stems. Plus, when it gets yucky it gets ... yucky! It pastes itself together and is harder to clean.
  4. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    I use pine shavings ONLY in nesting boxes and through out the floor of the coop .

    no flies and no smell

    and chickens will scratch in the shavings and cover up poop under roosting areaa . NEST BOXES are completely on oppoiste wall from roosting area and 18 inches off the floor .

    Last edited: Jul 5, 2008
  5. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    Pine shavings are clean, don't clump up, can be fluffed up daily to keep the nest soft, don't seem to harbor insects especially with DE added and smell good. When I change the nest boxes I just throw the shavings onto the coop floor. My girls have been great about keeping their boxes clean - they use them for egglaying only.
  6. brownfarms

    brownfarms Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    San Diego Area, CA
    Straw...it's cheaper. We have a lot of chickens. Can pine shavings be cheaper than straw? Anyone got a hook up?
  7. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:what are you calling ALOT of [​IMG] ?????
  8. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    I use pine shaving in my nesting boxes and on the floor of my coops.
  9. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Pine shaving here too.
  10. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I always used pne shavings, but I have a hen that always gets into the barn, into the hay or straw and lays her egg. So I put straw in one nest and she is happy.

    So I use both to keep my ladies happy.

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