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#75049 - 06/16/08 05:04 PM Re: Straw vs. Shavings: Why the switch?
Kbaiko Offline
Chicken

Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 98
Loc: Arizona
I feed my horses bermuda hay. I use all the leftovers from the feed room floor in the nest boxes and on the coop floor. The hay is in small pieces that the horses will not eat. It's free, the chickens like it and when their done with it, it goes into the compost pile for the garden.

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#75050 - 06/18/08 04:38 PM Re: Straw vs. Shavings: Why the switch?
Jojuan Offline
Feather

Registered: 05/15/08
Posts: 20
Loc: Oregon
UPDATE: Using Peat Moss in the Brooder Box

Chicks have been on peat moss for 8 days, now. I started with a half-inch layer and added gradually as seemed necessary. Today, I removed it all (bagged for compost pile) and started with a fresh layer in the box.

PRO: very absorbant, doesn't pack down, virtually no odors in the box
CON: fine brown particles fly into the air at the slightest movement - everything within 10 feet cloaked in dust - including me!

I'm looking forward to getting the chicks into the ark so I can clean my basement. Then, I'll give pine shavings a try so I can compare the two.

Anybody else "out there" try it?

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