Wood chips or straw?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mikee1948, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Which do you prefer, and why?
  2. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope you get lots of answers on this because I'll been wondering the same thing. I have access to straw and not chips... [​IMG]
  3. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    In the outside run? Neither, straw will mold, wood chips will get dirty, hard to keep clean. Sand is my favorite, hose down rake out and sprinkle on some DE.

  4. mitchell3006

    mitchell3006 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2009
    I prefer the wood chips over straw. They are cheap for me and they don't mat down like the straw does. They seem to absorb more moisture and therefore smells which is a major plus for me.
  5. itom37

    itom37 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    For what?

    I'm not sure there's anything I'd use wood chips for. You could use straw for the nest box i suppose. I use pine shavings in my coop/nest box and sand/dirt in the run.
  6. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
    Sand for the Run and Coop floor; pine shavings for nesting box. Google crop surgury and you'll see why I don't want straw -- probably not a big deal but those pictures scared me :-(
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011
  7. HenCrazyMom

    HenCrazyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    Merrifield, MN
    I was just thinking about this this morning as I was cleaning up the coop and broiler room. The coop has wood shavings and was a breeze to clean with very little odor and the poo was very dry. The broiler room--yuck- stinky and that was primarily straw. I put wood shavings over the top which helped a ton. I much prefer the wood shavings over straw. The straw seems to hold on to moisture where the wood shavings dry out faster. JMO
  8. Jloeffler

    Jloeffler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    Northeast NC
    Quote:Same here. I've used straw but the pine shavings keep the smell in coop waaaay down (something I shouldve remembered from playing in my grandparents barn as a kid, but noooo...). After one poo straw stinks!! And my laying hens actually prefer the pine shavings. Hubby lost a bet over that one since he was positive laying hens would choose the straw!
  9. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow! Great info, everyone! Guess I'll have to hunt up some wood shavings. Have lots of sand though! [​IMG]
  10. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Pine shavings in the coop for sure. Absorbs odor. Easy to clean up. Good/fine for their lungs. (don't use cedar shavings - it is bad for their lungs.)

    Dirt/sand in the run.

    I do put straw (not hay) in their run in the winter but definitely wouldn't do it permanently. It gets moldy and stinky. Bad all the way around.

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