Where do you get your bedding from?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tigerjane, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After reading around this site for a while, it seems like most people use pine shavings or sand in their coops and runs. My question is: where do you get your bedding from, and how much do you go through?
    (By September I plan on having about 8 chickens, and I'm trying to figure out 1) what food and supplies I want to use 2) where to get the supplies from 3) how much is this hobby going to cost on a routine basis?)
    Thanks guys!
     
  2. LaurelRidgeDreams

    LaurelRidgeDreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy pine shavings from the local feed store. I use the same shavings for my horses. The coop floor is vinyl with four inches of shavings - 1 1/2 bags. There is a droppings board under the roost and I clean the poop off of that every morning. I also scoop up the obvious poop on top of the shavings and once a week stir up the shavings. The coop is 6x8, the pullets have been with us for a month and it doesn't smell or need to be changed. A bag of shavings in our area is $6.00.
     
  3. trimpy

    trimpy Out Of The Brooder

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    I get shavings for 5.50 a bag, and pine pellets for 6.50 at TSC. I am really liking the pellets over the shavings. I am also trying out sand, which I got 1200lbs from a local concrete supply place for $19.
     
  4. ericstac

    ericstac Out Of The Brooder

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    most of the lumber yards sell bags and truck loads.. bags are $3.00 and truck loads are $25.00
     
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  5. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the lawnmower clippings bag, and raking up the pine needles/cones etc. Grass, leaves, pine needles/cones, it's all good for the deep litter method. I have even used a machete to cut down tall weeds and run them through a chipper-shredder (corn stalks work too!) When all else fails---then I might buy a bale of wood chips from the feed store. I have even raised chicks/keets in a cardboard box brooder with dried out lawnmower clippings. Now I use an old stock tank.
     
  6. calista

    calista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We regularly stop at our local high school and collect FREE pine shavings from the woodshop student projects, with the teacher's blessing! [​IMG]

    Ask around. You never know...
     
  7. Tigerjane

    Tigerjane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, I love how specific these answers are - this forum rocks!
     
  8. tylermckee

    tylermckee Out Of The Brooder

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    From the planer, jointer and drill press in the garage, they all make big chips that work great, just make sure there is no walnut cause from what i understand it kills.
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Are you aware that ground walnut shells are sold as bedding in pet stores? A local bird store (mostly wildly expensive parrots) uses it in the bottom of all their cages.
     
  10. johny

    johny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A sawmill about 25 minutes from home.
    Bag your own for 2 dollars a bag. No limit on how big a bag you bring.
    Or they will scoop a truck load for 10 dollars
     

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