Bark Chippings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by istanley24, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. istanley24

    istanley24 In the Brooder

    Jul 26, 2007
    Abingdon, Oxon
    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?


  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    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.
  3. Ian, have you thought of straw? It is nice and soft for them and they manipulate it easily making places to rest. Also, it will compost easily.
  4. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    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?? [​IMG]

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