What's best?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chick1043, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Hi! I was wondering what's best to use in the hen house.. Straw, Alfalfa, bark, sand?? Does anyone have a preference of anything? Right now I'm using straw. Btw, something that doesn't cause moistness.. Thanks.
  2. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    I think the two most popular are pine shavings (search deep litter method) and sand. I use pine shavings and like it very well.
  3. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    I use straw and like it just fine. Smells good and the chickens like to scratch through it and eat the seeds, etc. The old dirty straw and poop goes into the compost pile. I found pine shavings spilled out of the screened areas of the coop too easily.
  4. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Oh, okay! Thanks for your preferences!
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It's my understanding that straw, being a hollow stalk or stem, can encourage mites and molds (when it gets wet, as it will from droppings). I don't have experience with it, that's just my understanding.

    I use pine shavings on the floor of the coops, hay in the nestboxes.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011
  6. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Can't go wrong with sand. [​IMG]

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