Can dead bamboo leaves be used instead of hay

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mr.Rogers, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Mr.Rogers

    Mr.Rogers In the Brooder

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    There's a fair amount of bamboo plants that drop leaves onto my property and I usually just compost the leaves but I'm wondering if hay in the coop can be replaced with these leaves. If anyone has had experience with this let me know. thanks
     
  2. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Ready for fall. Premium Member

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    If you are just using it as bedding, as long as its dry it should be fine. Bamboo is a form of grass i believe.
     
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  3. Mr.Rogers

    Mr.Rogers In the Brooder

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    Ok sounds good. Thanks
     
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 8 Years

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    I have a canebrake the free-range birds use routinely. They forage the area heavily when leaves are dropped. I do not know if they actually consume the leaves.
     
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  5. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    There would be no absorbing quality to it , but neither does straw. You’d better find out if they can eat it first. Won’t it just compact down to a slippery mess? If it’s safe combine it with a few other things , leaves, dirt , what’s that called again? Brain freeze.....
     
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  6. CapricornFarm

    CapricornFarm Ready for fall. Premium Member

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    Composting, deep litter method?
     
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  7. snow5164

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    Deep litter .... oh menopause you make my brain so foggy
     
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