Anyone Use Leaves as Bedding for Coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sbarab, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Conroe, TX
    I just spent the last few hours blowing leaves around my back yard. I live in TX and the majority of the leaves wait until December to fall. So here I am making these huge piles of leaves along the chainlink fence for the chicken's run.

    I got to wondering if the leaves would be useful and free bedding for the Coop.

    Thoughts anyone?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yes, you can use them in the coop or run. Pile them in deep. The chickens will reduce 8-10 inches to about 1-2 inches in a day or two.

    Imp- If you leave the piles in your yard, the chickens will spread them out again so you can have the pleasure of blowing/raking them again. [​IMG]
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    yes, we do when they fall. I love it when they break it down, my soil looks soooo good!
  4. sbarab

    sbarab Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Conroe, TX
    Wonderful! I know exactly where my leaf drifts will be going.
  5. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use leaves, pine needles,
    newspaper run though a mulch machine (for really wet rainy days).
  6. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I've got leaves in my chicken coop and quail coops. I figured come spring I'm gonna rake them backup and drop them in my composter. I live in a subdivision that cut down all the trees when they built it so I got my leaves off Freecycle. 2 truck loads!!
  7. bwalden3

    bwalden3 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2007
    Hillsboro, NH
    I did that a few years ago and I lost a few chickens to mites before I realized what it was. I would not do it myself.
  8. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I've used them before when I ran out of pine shavings. I wasn't too thrilled with them. But they were free, and worked in a pinch.

    I wouldn't use them at all if they weren't very, very dry.
  9. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Dryness is important. I have mixed some with my grass clippings. No problems and they are free to boot. Ditto for grass clippings. I toss a basket of clippings into their run during summertime and they both scatter and root thru them while they devour them. I am sold on grass clippings and they are free so it has been a win-win for me. I have 6" thick litter almost entirely grass clippings.

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