Can bamboo leaves be used for chicken bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by qweasd, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. qweasd

    qweasd New Egg

    Mar 1, 2012
    I live in the Mojave Desert (very dry climate) things tend to not mold or rot here. I grow bamboo for a privacy fence I Love Bamboo. I want to get chickens, I've never had them, so this is going to be a new thing for me. My question is: Can I use the Bamboo leaves for bedding for the chickens as a replacement for straw or shredded newspaper? Any suggestions is much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    Yes you can. I've used shed bamboo leaves as bedding for one pen that happens to be right next to a bamboo clump. It worked great.

    Whole side springs or cut bamboo with green leaves still on are great for them too- they like to pick on and pull apart the green leaves. They won't eat the dried leaves.

    p.s. what varieties did you find to do well in the desert? I've tried several.. most struggled with the summer time temps(110-120F) and so needed TONS of water to just survive. Down to just one clump of unidentified clumping style, looks like some type of timber(solid green culms are getting thick). If your bamboo really turns out to be arundo(stem has single long leaf alternating on each side, like corn), that's actually a reed.. although everybody calls it bamboo. I'd say arundo leaves are too rough and sharp edged to use as bedding.. their leaves give you countless paper cuts, ouch...
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2012
  3. Lute

    Lute Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    We have "walking" bamboo in my yard and parts of town. I HATE IT.

    At least it won't completely go to waste now, thanks. [​IMG]

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