Can I through coffee grounds in the covered run to soften soil for chicken baths

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sararoni, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. sararoni

    sararoni Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2012
    I got in the habit of collecting my coffee grounds when I was throwing them in the garden to improve the soil texture.
    Now the soil is covered in snow.
    My small chicken run is covered mostly from snow/rain.
    The soil is so solid and frozen that is hard for the chickens to dig and dust bath.
    It has a thick layer of dry leaves being shredded by the chickens.
    I added some sand too.
    Will adding the dried coffee grounds in the leaves, sand and soil be a good idea???
    Could the coffee ground be helpful in killing possible mites/lice???

    By the way I am the only coffee drinker at home so it is not much.

    Thanks a lot in advice
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I wouldn't as the chickens might eat them. (they are not the brightest)
  3. RedheadErin

    RedheadErin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2011
    Mine eat coffee grounds all the time. They get them form the compost pile. Nothing ever happens to them.....but my roo does stay awake all night crowing!

    You could put a cat-litter pan full of potting soil in thier shed to let them dig around in. It will stay loose and they can roll in it.

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