Sand or Pine Shavings.. which creates more dust?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by izziebean, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. izziebean

    izziebean Chirping

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    Hi! So my flock had a bad case of IB last fall. Many survived, but symptoms reoccur with stress. I've been using deep litter in the coop. I turn the pine shavings every day and add in some to the top a few times a week. I've been reading about sand lately and was wondering if that might be better for them in the coop. I want to keep the dust to a minimum.

    Does anyone know if sand or pine shavings are more dusty?


    thanks!
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Songster

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    I found the sand to be dustier than the shavings; much dustier.
     
  3. izziebean

    izziebean Chirping

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    Thank you for this! I will stick with shavings for now. This helped make the decision.
     
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Songster

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    Have you tried the flaked shavings? I've found them to be less dusty and hold up better than regular shavings. We buy them at Tractor Supply.
     
  5. Gowander

    Gowander In the Brooder

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    Total newbie just got my first chicks a week ago?
    but when I was reading how dusty pine shavings were and I get irritated by the dust what I do is using a butterfly net with fairly small mesh I shake out the pine shavings outside prior to using in brooder, keeps dust down
     
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