Safe Bedding for ducks/chickens and new chics

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicachic, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. chicachic

    chicachic Out Of The Brooder

    I don't want to beat a dead horse on this subject but have read conflicting ideas on bedding. I started out with pet ducks and always used hay or straw. Worked well with deep laying for warmth. I added chickens and continued to use the same bedding. On this forum I read about pine shavings and switched to them and found them to be clean and easier then straw to change out and it seemed to be sess smelly. I recently read in a book about gardens and chickens that pine and cedar (never used cedar) shavings have a volatile chemical - phenol something or other and some other not-so-nice stuff. What do you all think about that? I am picking up my new chicks in about a month and I don't want to poison them. At this time I am thinking of using straw to be on the safe side. Opinions, please Thanks
  2. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    South Central, PA
    With chicks, I put newspaper down the first few days until they understand where their food is, and then I switch to pine shavings. I've never had a problem.
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    Cedar is not recommended for use as shavings in a coop. On the other hand, pine shavings seem to be quite good. Pine shavings seem to be popular for use, based upon reading many posts here. I use them without any apparent problem with the chickens in the coop or with the chicks in their cage.

  4. snoggle

    snoggle Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of the books I read (I'm a complete newbie at this) recommended "Aspen" bedding and said it was safer than pine and cedar. Other books said pine was fine, but I figured I'd be extra cautious and go with the most conservative recommendations while they are little. I got a big thing of Aspen at my TSC to use in their brooder. It is more expensive than the pine bedding, so I figure I'll use it right now while they are in the brooder and much more sensitive. Once they are bigger and in their coop, I might switch to pine or straw since they won't be in there all the time. Plus, unlike in their brooder, they will be up on their roosts and not standing in their bedding all the time.

    Is this the book you read about chickens and gardens?
    Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard

    If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it. Beautiful pictures and great ideas!

  5. mikecnorthwest

    mikecnorthwest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    My Coop
    We've always used bedding pellets from the farm store. I'm not sure of the brand but I'm assuming TSC would sell it. We have Wilco out here. Pine shavings work great also. I suspect they're literally thousands of people who have raised chicks on the bedding pellets or pine shavings without any issues. I wouldn't over think it.

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