Bedding Options

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WRF, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. WRF

    WRF Hatching

    Jun 9, 2010
    Question=> Any problems with using wood chips for layer hen beding?
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you mean dried older woodchips, no particular problem that I know of as long as you understand they will not be absorbant and may be a bit harder to work with than some other beddings.

    If you mean chippings from having run a tree thru a chipper yesterday or last week, that can be more of a problem because fresh chippings are QUITE prone to heating up and molding, two things you definitely don't want. If you can leave them outside to dry in a thinnish layer for at least a few weeks, then you might consider using them, although again remember they will not be absorbant and may still cause more of a moisture problem that you might wish in some circumstances. You'd want to keep a close eye on things. And it will depend a lot on your situation and climate.

    Good luck, have fun,


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