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Where Do I Get Enough Pine Shavings For DLM?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Uncle Marc, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Uncle Marc

    Uncle Marc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Posted in another thread but not much response. I was at Tractor Supply the other day and found bags of pine shavings that expanded to 2500 cu inches when opened. My coop is going to be 6 feet by 12 feet. Six inches of shavings would be (if my math is right):

    6 feet = 72 inches
    12 feet = 144 inches

    So, 72 X 144 X 6= 62,208 cubic inches! That's like 25 bags at $9 each or $225! And that's just for the initial application.

    Where do I get enough Pine Shavings for Deep Litter Method?
     
  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coop is 8x8, I started with 1 pkg of shavings, deep under the roosts and just a sprinkling elsewhere and then gradually add to it
     
  3. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually buy a pkg or two & spread it out, thicker under roosts. Then, just stir up, add DE, another thin layer of shavings, sprinkle more DE as needed. At my Tractor Supply, they have flake & fine for $4.99 pkg. I buy the FLAKE kind. It really expands & lasts me a good while.
     
  4. superchemicalgirl

    superchemicalgirl HEN PECKED

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    do you have a local farm supply store? Mine sells bags for about 6 bucks each, I think they're 3.25 cubic feet. My 8x20 coop takes about 5 bags at first, then keep adding about a bag a month.
     
  5. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2
     
  6. sutillman

    sutillman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pens are 8x12 and two bags are more than enough.
     
  7. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your math is flawed some where, but I'm not going through it to figure it out. I have a 6' x 8' coup and usually my initial fill is to 4 inches and takes about 1.5 cubes of litter. Yours will take 2-3 cubes. TSC sells 2 type of litter. Look for the stuff that expands the most, it's "fluffier".
     
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  10. Uncle Marc

    Uncle Marc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input. The bags I looked at last night at our local store though said "2500 cubic inches". They were about the size of a paper grocery bag. I'll have to ask for the bigger bags. Thanks again.
     

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