Can wood chips be used in chicken yards?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Newfienanna, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Newfienanna

    Newfienanna New Egg

    Apr 1, 2012
    I currently have 25 laying hens and am raising another 25 chicks. My hen house floor (10 x 20) is concrete with drains and covered with pine shavings. My outdoor pen is roughly 55 x 48 and, as expected, is completely denuded of vegetation. I hate the mud now and dirt in the summer. Is there any reason not to put down wood chips in the outside pen?

    Last summer I put lots of grass clippings and weeds in for the girls and they loved it. Then in the fall, piles of leaves went in and they're still scratching around in what is left. I was thinking that wood chips as a ground cover would also provide them with hunting opportunities for bugs and worms.

    Although we have a farm, free range is not an option because of predators but I can give them plenty of secure fenced area.
  2. White Leghorn

    White Leghorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2013
    North Carolina
    Although this may not answer your questions, I believe sand would be your best option. PM me with any more questions you might have!
  3. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    In my opinion gravel or sand would be ideal. I think wood chips would work as well as long as they are not cedar, since that can be poisonous. I know I used leaves when I had nothing else butthe bra el and sand is ideal because they will eat so e and add grit to aid in digestion.
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  4. Newfienanna

    Newfienanna New Egg

    Apr 1, 2012
    Actually I would use white pine which I have in abundance because that would be a lot of sand or gravel. Since I already use kiln dried pine shavings in the hen house, should be okay. It just would be right out of the chipper.

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