what do you use for bedding in your coop straw or shavings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amillecay, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. amillecay

    amillecay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    I was just wondering what you guys use I have always used shavings i got some that has ceder in to so it make the coop smell great all the time! Any way I don't like straw because it get matted easy and it makes it hard to clean up poo everyday
     
  2. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    We use Pine shavings, read somewhere that cedar shavings may contribute to resparatory ilnesses, so we stick to pine only.

    RobertH
     
  3. AAJ

    AAJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine straw on the ground inside the coop, but my chickens have a roost they sleep on. If your chickens sleep on the ground or the floor in the coop then I would use shavings. Try putting the straw under the shavings.
     
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  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PINE shavings for me.
    Easy for me to clean and smells fresh.

    I am not so sure you should use cedar shavings. I have read that it is hard on the chickens lungs.
     
  5. Taylor

    Taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always use straw, Its free at our CO-OP and the chickens love it, and they enjoy eating it too!
     
  6. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Straw is working for me. Every two weeks
    I scoop poop, and add fresh. The weather is
    cold, might have to change is summer.
     
  7. NatureBoy86

    NatureBoy86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Florida and have pine trees everywhere so I use actual pine needles in my coops. They enjoy eating the tips where theres a bit of sap. Cheap as it gets lol
     
  8. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. amillecay

    amillecay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    for all of you who just read the last thing i meant it was pine mixed with cedar so there isn't much of it not the other way around!!
     
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  10. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw, but only because I got about 20 bales for free. It works well bedding.
     

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