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What kind of shavings/litter do you use your coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by aliciaford, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. aliciaford

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    I was just wondering what other people use for litter in their coop. I started out using white shavings which I think is pine and then switched to cedar shavings a few weeks ago. I think I like the white shavings better, I only switched to cedar because my father in law told me that cedar seems to prevent chicken lice. What does everyone else use???
     
  2. I would not use Ceder. The fumes from the ceder can make the chickens sick.

    I use pine shavings. They work good, and arent fumey. If you want to use some ceder, which helps keep bugs away, after you put the pine shavings down, dump a handful or two on top.
     
  3. Maggie3

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    I think cedar shavings is a no no for chickens.
     
  4. LinckHillPoultry

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    I use hay or straw.
     
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

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    No DO NOT use ceder! It's BAD BAD for chickens. Remove asap or you will have sick chickens. Use pine or straw
     
  6. redoak

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    I had been using hay to bed to chicken coop, but I'm trying out grass clippings. I didn't mow my lawn for 3 weeks, then I let the clippings dry in the sun for 3 days, then used a lawn sweeper to collect them. So far they have been working well, and they were free.
     
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

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    Grass clippings sounds like a nice soft bed for nest boxes too! Never thought of that [​IMG]
     
  8. Paegglvr

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    Hay will compost best... if you're into that sort of thing.
     
  9. Lea71

    Lea71 Songster

    I use straw and pine shavings mixed together. [​IMG]
     
  10. lovemychicks9

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    I go to TSC and buy the big old bale of horse bedding for $5.00 and the shavings are big so the girls did not try to eat them like the small shavings in the bags from Walmart.
     

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