who prefers bale hay over pine shavings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by allmypeeps, May 15, 2009.

  1. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this may have been discussed a million times...but I see alot of people stating they use pine chips/shavings over hay.

    I have to say I started using the pine shavings but found my hens would eat it down like food. That worried me? how well can they digest wood!!??

    So I switched to plain ole' bale hay and have never had a problem with them clogging their crops...they sometimes swallow long pieces when competetively swallowing down treats they are afraid someone else might steal, so sometimes I see little 'hay poops' but knock on wood never had a problem with blockage.

    The pine shaving make me nervous.....

    How many people here use hay and how many use shavings???
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2009
  2. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I use hay here.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I use hay in one coop and pine shavings in the other. No problem with their eating either...yet.
     
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    I use Shavings on the floor and Hay in the nests. For some reason they ate the straw I used to put in the nests. I prefer hay for the same reason as you.

    I do know that hay rots easier and faster than shavings though.
     
  5. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay [​IMG]
     
  6. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put pine shavings on the bottom of the coop where the chickens tread, and straw in the droppings box and nest boxes.
     
  7. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with pine shavings but I love the hay it seems to not get knocked out of the coop as much..My chicken tried to fight me when I put him on the hay but hes fine now... [​IMG]
     
  8. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    hay in all the coops. It is so much easier to muck out. I do use shavings in the brooders though
     
  9. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great response! ok, few more questions while I got you all here! LOL

    ...is there any danger in eating too many pine shavings as there is too much hay? Or can the pine shavings pass?

    Hay seems to be working....its all my parents used for years so I think I'll stick with it...but as far as cost...which is cheaper?

    Thanks!!![​IMG]
     
  10. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Good questions!!

    I have no idea, so BUMP! [​IMG]
     

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