Straw or Shavings

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chicken gal, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2012
    I have straw in my chicken coop. But is shavings better? I could really use some advice.
  2. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Depends on your coop. I have found shavings are easier for them to kick around and dehydrate the poop better than straw, however, it's messier and dustier. It's quick and easy to rake out hay and replace it, but for longer term, shavings smell better and they can churn the poop around. I guess it's up to what works best for you! My girls did prefer straw in the nesting boxes to shavings as they could fashion cool nests with it. Try one and then the other! See what you like or don't. Do you have a picture of your coop? It makes it easier to see how much moisture could get in and how much you might need.
  3. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2012
    I have a little extra shavings left from when they were babies,plus I need to clean out my chicken coop anyway. So I'll try it this time.[​IMG]
  4. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2012
    I prefer horse wood pellets.
  5. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2012
    I'll have to look into that.
  6. kdwag

    kdwag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2012
    Northwest Ohio
    I found straw is really hard to clean unless you remove it all. I started using regular pine shavings and just switched to the finer ground shavings. I can now clean daily without having to remove a lot of the shavings so they last a little a longer. I only have 4 pullets though so it's probably a little easier for me . I just use a cat litter scoop and remove the poo.
  7. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like straw. it is sooo much easier to clean out than shavings, which get into everything! And since I like clean coops, it's not such a big deal that I can't spot clean =)
  8. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Piedmont of NC
    Straw for us too. I have not ever used shavings though, so I can't really
    compare. But the straw is not a problem and it also makes the compost
    pile happy.
  9. kreagerm

    kreagerm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2012
    I use straw as well. I also use a poop board so I really don't get poop on the straw, making for an easy clean up and less waste when it's coop cleaning time.
  10. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2010
    SW WA
    I use shavings and a poop board, and I love the shavings! It smells so nice and I only have to clean it out once a season, but that's mainly because of the poop board. I've never tried stray but have been curious about it. I don't think it would be absorbant enough for me though. I walk around in the coop and I prefer having the poop disappear in the shavings than get squished around in the straw? That and I just use a snow shovel to scoop it up. Not sure how easy scooping straw is.

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