Bark Chippings

istanley24

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jul 26, 2007
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Hi All,

I want to get some bark chippings to put down as a floorbase in my chicken run, it would all be put down on top of the ground (it used to have grass on it, but the chickens have had it all torn up now). Is there any particular chippings I should get?

Cheers,

Ian.
 

silkiechicken

Staff PhD
Premium member
12 Years
13 Years
Jan 25, 2007
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Everett WA/Corvallis OR
Personally I like to keep dirt floors because I'd be afraid of splinters in wood chips and it's harder for them to scratch, dust in, and get grit from. If you get chips, I guess anything other than cedar would work.
 

pattycake

Songster
12 Years
May 7, 2007
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fingerlakes, ny
I have chips in my run and I like them. It doesn't get muddy, the chicks can easily scratch a hole to dust in, and though I poop-scoop daily, whatever I miss gets turned underneath and dries up or dissolves into the soil.

I just used the chips made when I had a pine tree cut down -- I recommend NOT getting cedar or anything that's been dyed. And the bags don't always tell you when the chips have been dyed. You have to ask yourself, Does wood actually come in that color??
 
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