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question regarding pine shavings - A friend said it was bad for gardens due to turpentine

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by vweers, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. vweers

    vweers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2015
    SW Idaho
    Is this true? Since I have found that pine shavings work the best in our coop as they chickens won't keeps the straw under the roosts instead they move it around so much that I just have bare wood floors beneath them. Just curious if I need to figure something else out. I just have been buying the pine shavings at a local store.
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I've hauled a lot of horse and chicken bedding to my garden, the neighbor's garden, and my pastures. No problem! Mary
  3. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    I used pine shavings on my garden for years with no problems whatever.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I can't imagine the shavings have turpentine on them? that's kind of bizarre IMO. My shavings I buy are just pine shavings, nothing else. And like the above, I've been using them on my garden for years and years with no issues.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Most pine shavings bought in compressed bales at the farm stores are kiln dried, so no sap.
    Sap is gathered and distilled to make turpentine....much like maple sap is gathered and boiled down to make syrup.

    Wood shavings can be 'bad' for gardens because they use up nitrogen as they decompose, robbing it from the growing plants.
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2016
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    What you say aart makes sense.

    In my coop I use pine shavings with no ill effects on my garden.
    Then again chicken poop being the strongest manure known to mankind Probably compensates for any nitrogen robbed out of the soil by the shavings. At least it does in my coop and garden.


    Last edited: Jan 4, 2016
  7. shmeggs

    shmeggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2013
    I had trouble with straw also, I just started using pine shavings also

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