SAWDUST IN CHICKEN PEN

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hunterstew, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Hunterstew

    Hunterstew Out Of The Brooder

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    i HAD TWO LARGE PINE STUMPS GROUND OUT, AND AS A RESULT, I HAVE A HUGH PILE OF PINE SAWDUST. NOT FINELY GROUND, BUT NOT REALLY DUSTLIKE. I LAYERED IT WITH DIRTH IN MY COMPOST PILE, BUT HAVE A TRUCKLOAD STILL. i NEED IT GONE. I WAS THINKING ABOUT SPREADING IT IN MY CHICKEN PEN. I ONLY HAVE TWO RHODE ISLAND RED HENS. CAN I SAFELY USE THIS IN MY PEN ? IT HAS A STRONG PINE SCENT. ANYONE WHO CAN ENLIGHTEN ME ON THIS I WOULD BE MUCH OBLIGED. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP ON THIS.[​IMG]
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    As long as it is not cedar I think it would be ok to use.

    Glad you joined!
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have heard good and bad about saw dust. One one hand, it can be absorbent and good for dust bathing. But on the other hand, I have heard it can cause burns because it over heats. Be careful using it around chicks as they can eat it and clog up the crop.

    You might ask this question in our Coop and Run Construction forums for more input on this...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I take it is more like chainsaw size shavings and not dust if this is the case it is fine to mix in with your soil and let the chickens play in it but nothing I would just toss out .......


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  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Depending on the coarseness of the sawdust, I think it is fine to use it in your chicken coop. If it is too fine, though, they may eat it, which will cause problems if done so excessively.

    It might be helpful to post a photo of this possible future bedding.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
  6. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    You've received some good advice already!
     
  8. Hunterstew

    Hunterstew Out Of The Brooder

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    GANDER007---YES, IT IS MORE LIKE COARSE CHAINSAW SHAVINGS. IT IS FROM A STUMP GRINDER. i HAVE A TRUCKLOAD OF IT.
    THAT YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS.
     
  9. Hunterstew

    Hunterstew Out Of The Brooder

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    WYANDOTTES7--YES, I HAVE RECEIVED A LOT OF USEFUL INFORMATION IN THE SHORT TIME I'VE BEEN HERE. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT TOO.[​IMG]
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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