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Wood shavings/sawdust

I'm aware that there can be potential problems that fine dust (In sawdust) can cause chickens. So far I have been using chainsaw shavings from softwood, just happened to be a pile available, I found this really good. I have enough to last a few weeks but after that I will probably need a regular source. Does anyone get shavings from a local sawmill or any other pointers as to where this can be sourced?

I'd prefer to keep using wood as it's much better than straw for absorption etc.

AdrianR
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Blue frog is very good wood shavings and dust free

Perks
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

I use sawdust for litter (below bars on coop floor), wood chips for aviary run, and wood shavings for nestboxes.

The wood shavings in compressed form can be obtained from a pet store. I get the sawdust and bark chippings from a local sawmill in return for some eggs now and then.

The sawdust has no value I know of but the bark chippings do; up to now they've been sent to Northern Ireland for processing into chipboard.

Bring a few feedsacks and some fresh eggs and you'll probably be able to make a trade.

ballygannon
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

We sell 25kg bags of shavings in co.kilkenny if your anywhere near here, We do delivery’s to Enniscorthy and around Kilkenny if there’s enough bales ordered, it’s a mix of spruce and small amount of pine in each bale no dust at all and 7.50 a bale, use it with chicks and my own poultry with no problems at all.

Caylinquigley
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

I'm in Leitrim. There is a couple of sawmills near, just wondered if people did use sawdust at all. 1 sawmill does sell bark mulch, I got it there before, If I bought bark mulch they might let me have some sawdust.

AdrianR
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Just thinking about sawdust and dust. You read something from somewhere on the web and they say that dust from sawdust gave their chickens raspatory issues etc. However, that might have been summer time in death valley CA or somewhere similar. In Ireland it probably isn't ever going to get dry enough to cause a problem, or maybe it could. Does anyone have any experience of using sawdust from a local sawmill in Ireland and having issues with dust?

AdrianR
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

I use sawdust from local sawmills with no issues. I mix it with miscanthus though.

CraggKlefor
Thursday, June 11th, 2020

In the past I have used the stuff they use for horse bedding or on the ground in equine schooling rings, (can't spell menage? lol ). It's like shredded wood chippings. Comes compressed in a large polythene wrap. Doesn't fly about like sawdust or shavings.

pigeonpete
Sunday, June 21st, 2020


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