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Chicken Bedding | Forum

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admin Jul 16 '16
There are various types of bedding materials available for chickens, including shavings, wood chip, hay, straw and shredded paper.  Shredded paper is often not advised as it can become soiled quickly and hardens when wet.  
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admin Jul 16 '16
Shredded paper however can be a cheap alternative for a bedding material. Hay is little use for a bedding material but is good for nest boxes. Hay has poor drainage properties and does not provide good scratching material for your chickens.  Straw has better drainage than hay and is a good material for your chickens to scratch around in.
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admin Jul 16 '16
Straw also makes good litter for the floor of the chicken coop. Shavings are warm and soak up moisture.  Shavings also allow for good scratching and can be good for dust baths for your chickens. Wood chips tend to be more expensive compared to shavings and tend to cover less floor than shavings.  Wood chips also tend to soil at a faster rate to shavings.