Straw or shavings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AliciaM, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which one is better to help with the cold? Im thinking of putting out a thick layer of straw on the outside of the coop so im not slipping in the mud.. Will it be ok in their coop on the floor? Right now its just shavings..
     
  2. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Straw is OK, but when it gets wet it stays wet and will get moldy. Pine shavings dry out a lot faster and they both do a good job of insulating.
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shavings

    Hay will dry out - however, it stays wet on the bottom and gets yucky. Found out when my goats had some on the ground for two weeks, I raked it, and it was saturated underneath. Not nice.
    Shavings all the way
     
  4. PolloAdoro

    PolloAdoro Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:ditto
     
  5. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I like shavings more each morning you can throw scratch on it and the chickens will fluff it up for you plus straw is hollow and mites like to live in it.
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shavings on the floor--straw in the nesting boxes. The shavings will dry out the poop, can be turned over and added to. Straw doesn't mat down and offers some insulation/cushioning. BTW, when getting shavings make sure it is shaved(planed) wood not chipped. The last stuff I got from TSC was chips and I was really unhappy. Won't go to them again.
     
  7. Tropical Chook

    Tropical Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shavings. I use shavings on the floor and in the nest boxes. Once the shavings in the nest boxes gets yucky, I simply empty it out on the floor. Since I started using shavings, I never again had a smelly coop/run.
     
  8. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw and hay on the floor and in the nesting boxes. The coop is totally water proof so it doesn't get wet inside (no mold). They seem to enjoy the extra cushion and insulation. I haven't had any problem with mites or lice.
     
  9. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's pretty impressive; considering where you live... I'll have to assume they are not free range?
     
  10. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ditto

    Me too! Mix a little DE or stall-dri in with it and you're golden.
     

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