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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

    aliciaford In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2008
    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

    Maggie3 Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Central Michigan
    I think cedar shavings is a no no for chickens.
  4. LinckHillPoultry

    LinckHillPoultry Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    I use hay or straw.
  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    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

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    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

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Grass clippings sounds like a nice soft bed for nest boxes too! Never thought of that [​IMG]
  8. Paegglvr

    Paegglvr In the Brooder

    May 9, 2008
    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

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    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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