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Bagged leaves in run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pintail_drake2004, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. pintail_drake2004

    pintail_drake2004 Chirping

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    Hey yall, I have been raking up pine straw for months and putting in my enclosed 600sqft run for my 27 chickens. I was just given 6 yard bags of raked dry leaves and was wondering if it would be ok for them to be in the run or will they mold and cause an issue? I've noticed the pine straw does not hold much water and they break it down pretty quick. Our winters are usually pretty wet, but we haven't had much rain in the last 2 months here.
     
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  2. Birdinhand

    Birdinhand Songster

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    is your run covered?
     
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  3. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict Premium Member

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    I put leaves in my chickens’ run they love to scratch through it. I just put some in a corner. The leaves will break down in time and become rich soil.
     
  4. pintail_drake2004

    pintail_drake2004 Chirping

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    Its covered with netting.
     
  5. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    Put the leaves in the run!!!! Seriously. They break them down so fast that, usually by the next day, the piles we put in are spread around and you can't even tell leaves went in!!
     
  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    Absolutely, put those leaves in the run, or in the coop. I collected 45 bags of leaves from a neighboring town this fall, specifically to use in the run and in the coop.
     
  7. TattooedChicks

    TattooedChicks Songster

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    My guys get all the mulched leaves I can make, though we have a large 16x32 foot run for our bantams. They are making me a lovely compost for their veggie garden next year. I did start with straw when there weren’t any leaves, crazy how fine they pulverize those materials down to.
     
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  8. chickencheeper

    chickencheeper Free Ranging

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    Pine straw as In pine needles?
     
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  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

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    Yep, pine straw is pine needles (dried).
     
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  10. chickencheeper

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    Cool! We have tons of those so I’ll do both next fall
     
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