TSC out of wood shavings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Judy, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    And the employee said they had been unable to get any for two weeks.

    On top of that, he was the only employee in the store; said they had a hiring freeze on.

    They had chicks, and had some sort of bedding pellets out (I didn't look closely,) $6 a bag, not a very big bag, maybe the size of a 20# bag of feed. Looked like that is what they had the chicks on.
     
  2. CritterFarmer

    CritterFarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    Wild guess... but I'm thinking it could be because the forestry/lumber industry has been quite slow lately so there's not as much shaving being produced. If thats the case, might be awhile before you see shavings and/or expect an increase in price.
     
  3. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

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    I use those pellets. They expand when they get wet and turn to sawdust. I really like them because they keep things dryer.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Enh, at least where I've mostly lived, in the Northeast, it is not at all uncommon for there to be shavings shortages of various proportions and durations in the late winter and early spring. There is often less wood being processed by the places that generate the shavings, plus a much greater consumer demand than in summer b/c animals are indoors more.

    I try to make sure I have a good supply socked away by December and not dip into it until/unless the feed store runs dry.

    Often other stores in your area will have some even if one does not, so it is worth calling around.

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  5. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one word

    Walmart,

    $5:00 = A big bag of wood shaving's
     
  6. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a local "Agway" nearby. The wood shavings they have are far superior to Tractor Supply. I would not have believed there would be a difference. The ones from TS in the black bag, did not last long and turned black in a few days. The bags that I am getting from Agway- which are in a white bag, with a beaver on it and the label "Wood Shavings Softwood, " are wonderful. They never turn color and when I am ready to clean the coop, they are already kind of turning to dust. Much faster to compost. Maybe you can find another source, in the end you might be happier....
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our shavings from TSC has been good
    as i add some fresh i just stir it up and
    since Sept. have no odor.and I payed
    3.85 if I remember right.and
    as it was dumped it expended.
    dont know of an Agway out this way.
     
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Wal-Mart in the bird section
    Petco in the small animal section
    Petsmart I'm sure has them as well

    They had huge shavings at TSC, looked like for horses or something, I'm talking 1inch chips but that's what they had in their chicks. The ones I got at petco are smaller sized more like sawdust from a chainsaw.
     
  9. exsia

    exsia Out Of The Brooder

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    I also use those pellets. It feels like you're paying more up front but I use alot less pellets then shaving because they expand when wet and stay incredibly dry. I've ended up saving $ this year on bedding [​IMG]
     
  10. classless chickens

    classless chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shavings, my TSC had shavings. They didnt have STARTER FOOD! AAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not till Thursday anyway.
     

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