Anyone use rice hulls as bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NancyDz, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I have a fairly cheap source and was wondering if anyone has used them before? Pro's , con's ?


    Thanks
     
  2. grnhrn

    grnhrn In the Brooder

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    Jun 7, 2009
    I am new to this, but I have used rice hulls in the garden one year, and don't do it. I attracted every bug in a 20 mile radius. Which I realize chickens like bugs, but I don't know if you would not end up with the wrong type of bugs.
     
  3. pipermark

    pipermark Songster

    Jan 26, 2007
    Arkansas
    Rice hulls are used in most commercial chicken houses because the are highly absorbent and are non-toxic. They are arguably the best bedding, (some studies indicate that peanut shells are absorb uratic acid better thus controlling odor better).

    If I could find a cheap source , I would switch.

    you can research this on pubmed.gov and most Agricultural Universities.
     

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