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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fshinggrl, May 10, 2009.
Is saw dust fine for inside a coop or is wood shavings the way to go?
I had horses at one time. I converted my horse stall into chicken coop and used left over sawdust, stall dry, wood pellets then topped it all off with shavings.
The chicks started scratching down to the sawdust to take dust baths in it. So I added peat moss mixed with wood ash in the spot they chose for the dust bath.
At times, I do see them eat the sawdust a little maybe because it looks like scratch.
I think the only problem would be chicks eating the sawdust. It only takes a short time, less than a day, for the chicks to figure out what is and isnt food.
Sawdust is the traditional bedding where I live.
most people are using pine shavings( don't get the ceader shavings....not good for chickens). You can usually find it at a tractor supply store or a pet smart or a co-op feed store and it's pretty cheap. I saw some at tractor supply this week end for $5 a bale and the bale is compacted. It fluffs out pretty good , probably twice the size of the bale. mix it with some diatomaceous earth (helps dry out the poop and kills the little bugs that like to live on your birds) and your chicks will love you for it. if you use D.E. make sure it's food grade.