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Shortage Of Wood Shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Barnyard Dawg, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there anyone else out there that is experiencing a shortage of wood shavings? I had gone to one of the feed stores that I frequent often and was told they were having a hard time acquiring shavings due to the slow down in the housing market. I believe the other feed store where I purchased my chicks still have it available I’ll call them next week and stop by if they do.
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I had that happen to me a few weeks ago! It seemed weird to me and the girl didn't know why they didn't have them (all the girls at that feed store are pretty clueless...).
     
  3. Orpingtonlover

    Orpingtonlover Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey i dont know why there is such a shortage there honestly here in Bennington,Vermont there is a place called whitmans feed store where you can get compacted wood shavings for $5.25 and it covers a 8 square foot area 4 inches thick with shavings and i have seen there bay where they keep it they have thousands of bags.
     
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    There was another thread going on this last Friday. I wonder what's going on? I'm also in Vermont and there is never trouble finding any, so I guess we're lucky.
    My only advice is what I said before - are there any large horse farms near you? Maybe they will let you buy some with them when they get their truckload. Otherwise, I've used shredded paper before, but it needs to be changed more often than shavings. Or, in a pinch I've used dried leaves. Leaves wouldn't be good for chicks, but older hens love scrabbling through them.
     
  5. poppycat

    poppycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Me too. I live in Oregon. The explaination given to me (that seems plausible) is that the pine shaving suppliers made them into fuel pellets because there is a shortage of those. I'm hoping that it's regional and short lived. I did find some though by calling around. Crammed my truck full too!
     
  6. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's time to go to your local cabinet makers and ask if they have extra shavings!

    I get mine from two such shops in town for FREE! I supply a garbage can, they fill it. They don't pay to have it hauled to the dump, I don't pay for shavings. WIN WIN!

    Sandra
     
  7. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, this is usually a annual thing and has become more serious this year, because supply and demand is more extreme this year. I have the same problem here and straw sometimes needs to be used for a substitute if you don't have a supply of shavings.

    Finding sources that can provide shavings from wood working shops and factories are always worth checking out.

    Once spring is past and the demand drops along with the price, is the best time to create a pile for the the year to come.

    One more thing to be prepared for.[​IMG]

    bigzio
     
  8. Legend Land

    Legend Land New Egg

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    Yes, it's true. There is a shavings shortage. Several suppliers are shutting down since they ran our of shavings. As the owner of a feed store in Michigan, I had to reach out to a vendor in Canada. We finally have them in stock.
     
  9. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the forum Legend Land....nothing like being prepared...it eliminates stress for sure.

    This 7 year old thread still applies then I guess!

    bigz
     

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