What is the best type of bedding for my chooks?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ponygirly306, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. ponygirly306

    ponygirly306 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am looking to buy some sawdust/wood shavings and i am wondering what type to buy.
    I am buying from pollards sawdust supplies and on their website (http://www.pollardssawdust.com.au/index.asp) it says to use pine shavings, take a look at the site if you like.

    thanks!
    ~ponygirly306
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  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I buy two types of pine shavings that I buy from a feed store. One type is very coarse, large pieces, typically used in horse stalls. The other type is very fine and works really well for cage trays and nest boxes.

    Some people like straw for bedding. Ive heard that it can harbor lice and mites but the reason that I dont like it is because it doesnt absorb moisture from the poo the way shavings do.

    Chel
     
  3. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like pine shavings the best.I think they are most absorbant.I've tried oak and other hardwood shavings with no luck.I don't like hay or straw.I buy my shavings at TSC. Will
     
  4. ChickyBabe

    ChickyBabe Out Of The Brooder

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    your suppose to use wood shavings for little Chicks and change to straw\\hay when they get older. I just stayed with wood shavings. They make it easier to clean the coop.
     
  5. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Quote:Many folks do but it is a matter of preference, not a matter of "your suppose to."

    They all work but some are harder to maintain than the other. I find straw and hay are harder to "fluff up" to freshen the bedding. I use whatever is cheapest for me. Right now I'm using pine shavings I buy by the bale. Straw is ridiculously expensive.

    Wayne
     

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