what kind of bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fowler_chick, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. fowler_chick

    fowler_chick Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    South Western Kansas
    I ran out of shaving's a few days ago and forgot to pick some up at the farm suply store today....my coop really neads to be cleaned out, i have always use shavings but my husband said it would be ok use cut grass as bedding, i'm thinking shreeded news paper...who's right? our should i be using some thing else?
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    They would eat the grass clippings, and would probably eat the newspaper too. Whenever I run out of shavings I use hay or straw.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Every time I mow my lawn I dump the clippings into my hens' run. They love it. I would be slightly concerned about using fresh clippings as bedding because of the chance of mold developing in it or because the heating associated with fresh cut grass piles. If the grass is dried out then I don't see a problem except maybe a few bugs. I've never used shredded newspaper so I can't really comment on that. I never liked it in my house birds, so I never used in with my chickens.
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
    pine shavings are really the best...I'd run & get some now.
  5. ace6175

    ace6175 Songster

    May 9, 2009
    I've been using dried grass clippings, and my 6 week old chicks seem to like it. They eat a little, but use it for bedding mostly.

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