Can wood chips/bark cause splinter in chickens feet

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LOLchick, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. LOLchick

    LOLchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for all the questions. I have wood chips/bark in my garden. When I let the chickens out in the late afternoon, they go straight for the bark and scratch in that area. Is that bad for their feet, causing bumblefeet or splinters? It's pretty large pieces. It is douglas fir and is untreated so I know it's save in that sense.
    Thanks for all the help!
     
  2. dudleydog7

    dudleydog7 New Egg

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    I've only had chickens for a year, and they were raised on pine chips. We now put straw in their coops, but sometimes we run out and have to use the chips. I've never had a problem, though. I'm not sure about other kinds of chips.
     
  3. Running1

    Running1 New Egg

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    What other materials can you put in their coops that would be somewhat economical? Also easy to clean up, because I am assuming that you have to replace the material every so often .
     
  4. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    We use wood chips. They are cheap, absorbent and the chickens haven't complained of splinters.
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it can.

    I was using wood chips in my run, and one of our bantams (a Belgian d'Uccle) got an infection on the bottom of her foot. Several of the other chickens had red spots on the bottoms of their feet, too. These were our Belgian crosses.

    I replaced the chips with sand, and our flock hasn't had any foot problems since.

    Your flock may have tougher foot pads and may not be bothered by the chips. It's a good idea anyway to check feet periodically, so try that and see if the chips cause any problems.
     
  6. MayoShawna

    MayoShawna Out Of The Brooder

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    I use Timothy Hay for my girls. I pay 6.90 per rectangular bail. when I rake it out of the coop, it goes straight into the flower beds or around my fruit/ornamental trees so it does double duty. litter/nesting for my girls, and fertilizer for my plants. Plus I just really love the smell of the Timothy Hay.
     

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