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Bedding material question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by beechnut, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. beechnut

    beechnut New Egg

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    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the forum and to raising chickens. We have 2 sex links and 4 barred rock hens. It's been a lot of fun so far! [​IMG]
    My question is that my wife wants to buy a shredder/chipper and use the alder and maybe Douglas fir around our property to chip for bedding for our coop. The run will have vinal flooring that we need to cover.
    Is this a good idea?

    Thanks in advance! [​IMG]
     
  2. Karlachix

    Karlachix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you planning on drying the wood? Fresh wood would (woodchuck) be pretty wet.

    It sounds like a good idea.
     
  3. beechnut

    beechnut New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply!

    I am planning on drying the wood as much as wood will dry here on the Oregon coast! :eek:

    We have a lot of trees and the space to let the chips air out.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Softwoods need to be cured properly or they will release lots of phenols. These are toxic and cause respiratory issues. Even kiln dried shavings still give off some phenols. Aspen has been recommended for small pet cages because of that. In a coop with more air circulation than a small cage it isn't as big of problem but using very fresh shavings could be. I would have to cure them for a long time (months if not a year) before I'd feel safe using them.
     
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Alder I wouldnt worry over too muvh. The fir had better get well dried and aired out before use.
     

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