I have been using hemp bedding for a month now. I bought it from New Country Organics. I live in Virginia and they drive a delivery truck close to my house several times a month so convenient. It was 22.50 for a 5 cubic foot bag. I bought it because my coup is open in the bottom and the bedding gets wet whenever it rains. I wanted something that would not smell and as much as it holds moisture it does dry out pretty quickly outside. We have a composter as well and the pine shavings were not breaking down in there and this stuff does really well. My chickens like it too. As stated it is easy to scoop the poop with a scooper as it's easy to see it and kind of clumps with a little hemp on it.
I wanted to try it because it's good for absorbing ammonia and naturally low in dust and I haven't had to rake it all out. So far it's great. I did have to change out bedding 2 times a week when I was using the shavings and the dust was killing me and I hated throwing it in the trash vs composter.
So for me it's a win win with it being a sustainable product, easy to compost, natural warming action in the coop, organic product, I think I read somewhere it has anti bug attributes as well...
We are switching to a larger Leonard amish style coop a 4 by 6 one and will be using the deep litter method with hemp and I will be using sweet pdz in half of it to see if I even need it. I have a bag and don't want to waste it. I will be donating the pine shavings to the animal shelter as I never plan on using them again. (if in the future I can't find hemp I would switch to sand bedding).
So glad I have this forum to study the tested experiences of all you long time chicken keepers! It has really helped me alot!
Edited by RVAFanfarmer - 10/13/15 at 2:48pm