Straw or Shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicks Galore3, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Which is best in the coop? I am currently using shavings, but wondering if straw is warmer at all. Will it turn into good compost?
     
  2. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I prefer a combination of pine shavings and leaves in the coop. I don't like straw in the coop as it takes a long time to decompose, will become matted in spots with poo, and can get moldy if it gets wet. It just seems harder to deal with, IMO.

    I will throw straw into the run but it breaks down much easier there as it's exposed to the elements.
     
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  3. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like straw better it seems to hold heat better and the chickens like it more then chips
     
  4. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do both straw and pine shavings in the coop! I throw straw in the outside run for them to play :)
     
  5. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut Premium Member

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    Thank you for the answers, guys. :D
     
  6. erinchelsea

    erinchelsea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like straw IF you have a coop big enough (or just a few birds) that it won't get so wet. It doesn't dry as fast as shavings and can get nasty. But, if it can stay dry, it works great and the chickens love scratching in it looking for seeds!
     

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