What bedding do you use?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicken225, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Chicken225

    Chicken225 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello i have been raising chickens for 3yrs now and have been trying out different beddings. What bedding works best for you?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I use both pine shavings and straw together.
     
  3. jpsbcfc

    jpsbcfc Out Of The Brooder

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    we use sharp sand in the coop with just the mud (was grass) in the run
     
  4. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've only been keeping chickens for a few months, but I've tried shavings, hemp (yes, we use hemp, it's like another type of shaving) and maize lump things. The maize did absolutely nothing. It just made really sticky pooey lump that the chickens got frustrating picking out from between their toes. The hemp smelt lovely, was nice and soft, but quickly got flattened, and didn't seem as absorbant as the package made it out to be. The wood shavings are absorbant, prevent odour for longer, don't squash as much, but cause LOTS of dust. I'm going to sieve them before using, next time.

    ETA: fallen leaves in the run: perfect.
     
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  5. P-Funk

    P-Funk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree. Pine shavings work very well in the coop, and hay flakes are the perfect size for the nesting boxes. The little peepers have been going in the boxes to bury the eggs, but it's like easter every day!
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Builder Sand and Straw.

    Chris
     
  7. Chicken225

    Chicken225 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for the info I think I will try The sand and straw and see which ine works better
     
  8. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pine shavings and more pine shavings, with winter I have about 6 inches on the floor of the coop already
     
  9. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shaving in the coop and sand in the run. Very happy with it.
     
  10. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Pine shavings are too expensive to buy for the chickens so I use plenty of dried leaves not that is fall. Rake and dump. I rake dried leaves into bags for storage. Not as nice as shavings though.
     

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