1. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    Is saw dust fine for inside a coop or is wood shavings the way to go?

  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Medford, Oregon
    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.
  3. PrinceFarm

    PrinceFarm In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2009
    Conroe, Texas
    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. [​IMG]
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Sawdust is the traditional bedding where I live.
  5. kajunchicken

    kajunchicken In the Brooder

    May 6, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    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.
    Last edited: May 25, 2009

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