Can i use dead bush foliage as wood shavings for my coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KaleDaDuck, Jul 9, 2019.

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  1. KaleDaDuck

    KaleDaDuck In the Brooder

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    IMG_20190709_112022.jpg IMG_20190709_112022.jpg So i used to get them wood shavings but they are getting expensive can i use these dead bushes as thier floor for a pleasant smell?
     
  2. TexasWineGuy

    TexasWineGuy Chirping

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    I'm a noob but I have seen quite a few threads stating the use to natural bedding including Fall leaves and Pine needles from trees.

    Curious to see what the more experienced folks have to add.

    TWG
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    To a point, but can you chop it up? That would be better, and not possibly trap feet.
    Don't use anything toxic!
    Mary
     
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  4. BreanneRN

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    I use pine needles and eucalyptus leaves. They smell nice and don't get tracked out like wood chips. I leave the pine needles whole and the hens mold them into a nice nest. The euclyptus leaves I break up a little bit. I only use dead, dry leaves and needles. Sometimes I throw in a little dead grass straw as a top layer, since it is soft.
     
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  5. aart

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    Ditto Dat^^^
     
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  6. KaleDaDuck

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    How can i chop it up i don't understand.. I was talking bout the bushes not the sticks i would never use sticks
     
  7. KaleDaDuck

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    Yes but problem is the forest is far away from the city (Baghdad) so simply we cant get pine cones because its 50 km away
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Not sure you can chop it up, but what is pictured looks like birds could get feet and legs all tangled up, so it needs to be chopped/broken up into finer pieces....like wood shavings.
     
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  9. BreanneRN

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    I definitely have no familiarity with the landscaping of Baghdad... But I guess there are no pine trees? The pine tree I take my needles from is an Afghan Pine called here an Eldarica. They grow very fast and have low water requirement (for a pine tree, anyway, they do still need water in the summer and water to get established). I would have to ask what kind of trees/plants are available there? Just avoid the poisonous stuff, like cedar, oleander, camiphor. If you aren't familiar with plants and their names, and you have sheep, use anything that they will eat when they aren't starving (if they are starving, they will eat anything). Just be sure it is dry, flexible, and not too woody. Even cities have trees and trees make debris and litter, and usually people won"t complain if you clean some of it up.
     
  10. KaleDaDuck

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    We do have pine trees but i cant get them..
    There is other trees in baghdad such as jasmine trees and mango tree in our garden and tingerine tree.. All in my garden.. But mostly the jasmine tree as shown in the picture.. I do have some palm tree needles can i use them?
     

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