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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicken gal, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some people saw that like pine shavings are bad for their feathers. can you tell if I am right or wrong and if I am which kind is right. thanks!!!!
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    People each have their bedding preferences, just gotta see what you like best for yourself. I like pine shavings myself.
     
  3. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    but doesn't one do something to their feathers
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I've never heard or seen a difference. I've used straw before but do not like it because in the PNW, it soaked up too much moisture and then would subsequently begin to mold and mildew. I mean, the south side of buildings mold and mildew here... woodchips seem resistant to this and to dry faster.
     
  5. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    We've used both pine shavings and straw, and now strictly use pine shaving. Neither had any adverse affect on feathers (or any other part of the chickens, for that matter). We just prefer the shavings because the straw tends to clump up and doesn't have the drying capacity of the shavings.
     
  6. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have white shavings. Any difference?
     
  7. buckaroogirl

    buckaroogirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Good question. My husbands an arborist and chips trees all day long. Does anyone use wood chips instead of shavings?
     
  8. chicken gal

    chicken gal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    me, I am so sorry I have been calling them the wrong thing[​IMG]
     
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  9. samaridad

    samaridad Out Of The Brooder

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    I use wood chips all the time
    Have friends that own several tree services so get them delivered by the truck load.
    I dry them out on a concrete driveway and store for later use. And if I need some and it's been raining to long to dry naturally. I build a fire and dry them in a old washer tub on a rocket stove build for that purpose ( free fire wood too ). Since my chicken coop(run) is a 10 x 10 concrete pad it works great. It takes about 4 wheelbarrow loads to fill. I use them in the 8 x 8 hen house too. With a little straw thrown on top for the girls to work in.
     

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