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What type of pine shavings should I be looking for? Big chips or 'shavings'?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by xpchick, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. xpchick

    xpchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Big sale at the local farm store tomorrow on shavings, but it seems to be only the 'shavings', not the thin chips. What type of shavings size is better for their health and for clean up? Which of these sizes is best? I think what they have on sale is like photos 1 and 2.

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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I like the large flakes better, less dusty and don't break down as quick.
     
  3. xpchick

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    Thank you. The woman at the feed store said I shouldn't use the more shredded stuff, but she didn't know why. I've googled but couldn't really find an answer so feedback is appreciated! It's going to be -25 with the windchill here tomorrow. If I don't need to run out to get this on sale, I'm staying home! lol
     
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  4. Mawmawgale

    Mawmawgale Just Hatched

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    I like the large, have used both. The chickens do no care..personal preference
     
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto
     
  6. xpchick

    xpchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Great, thank you! I think I'll grab a little of the shaved, and get more of the flakes. They have another brand on sale that is flakes.
     
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    I buy whatever is available at the time, for the best price. Any size will work. Mary
     
  8. xpchick

    xpchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I ended up purchasing some bags of Pestell softwood shavings. Hopefully those will work out well. They were a bit more of a flake than the other shavings they had for sale. Neither store I went to had any actual flakes for sale. One store said a company that previously made them had a fire?

    Thanks for the help!
     

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