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

Sophia5

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Aug 5, 2013
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I use wood shavings because it's easy to clean out, antiseptic qualities and hay or straw can carry fungi and mould spores when damp and can affect the eggs (in some way can't remember), so I never use straw or hay.
 

jjakaus

In the Brooder
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Jun 23, 2011
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I read your post just as my neighbor was raking up huge piles of dried pine needles. I grabbed a bunch and threw them into my run. I am thinking of grabbing some more and doing a deep litter thing for the winter. I live in Michigan, so we are probably going to get some snow this winter. i know you don't, but I am guessing you deal with rain. How do the needles hold up in longer periods of damp?

Thanks for the idea!

Janice
 

Blooie

Team Spina Bifida
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I use whatever I can find - pine shavings, wood chips, dried leaves, grass clippings, trimmings from the garden, straw, and a few shovels full of garden dirt on top of all.
 
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