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Ran Out of Shavings. Anything Else I Could Use in the Meantime?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickie Mamma, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Hello, I didn't realize I was out of pine shavings. I really wanted to clean out the coop today. Finally in the 50's but not for long. Can I shread newspaper or would they get sick from it? Thanks..
     

  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

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    Quote:newspaper gets slippery, just throw some leaves in there.
     
  3. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    Ooooh, I got plenty of those. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

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    Quote:No problem [​IMG] people often overlook leaves ( i guess probably because they come off the ground) But their not deadly to chickens, doesn't attract mites worse then anything else, their free, etc [​IMG]
     
  5. Peat moss is good, too, and when you get more shavings, simply add on top. Can be treated with food-grade DE, Stable Boy or whatever treatment you use for odor control...[​IMG]
     
  6. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Songster

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    I have used dry leaves, hay and straw in a pinch. The hay and straw get poopy and matted very fast though. Leaves you can stir with a rake to keep them fluffy and let the poop fall through.
     
  7. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    YOU PEOPLE ARE GENIUSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

  8. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I've been using straw all winter. I much prefer the shavings though. I never thought of leaves. Maybe I'll have to ask my neighbor for some next year. [​IMG]
     
  9. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Songster

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    Quote:No - we're just pragmatic and desperate. [​IMG] You know that saying - Necessity is the mother of invention.
     

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