Chickens and Raked Leaves

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Elizabeth Ann, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Elizabeth Ann

    Elizabeth Ann Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 4, 2008
    Wayland, MI
    I just wanted to pass along that I decided to put some raked leaves on the bottom of the coop floor (right now it is dirt) and the girls seem to love it! I had read an article that said in the winter it's nice to put a "bedding" down if you have a dirt floor because it gets cold for them to stand on. I figured leaves couldn't hurt plus they should compost down and maybe bring some worms in? They love to scratch the floor and "rake" the leaves looking for food.
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I had 4 piles of leaves and chucked scratch everywhere. The kicked the leaves everywhere
  3. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    Good use for them, I also use leaves to mulch the garden for the winter.
  4. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    I am putting two entire trees worth of leaves in the run.
    Bit by bit. If I put them all in there at once the chickens would have to burrow through them
  5. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Do you use leaves in the coop or in the run or both?
  6. chickenma

    chickenma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I use them in the coop.
    and the chickens love it.
    Cheaper then straw too. [​IMG]
  7. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    Mine love leaves too. [​IMG]

    I never thought to put them in the run and I've got leaves galore.
  8. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    If you put leaves in the coop, then how and how often do you clean it out? Are you in a winter ice and snow area? Just trying to figure out how this works. I thought putting leaves in the run was a great idea, but just now thinking about the coop.
  9. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Great idea! As soon as it stops raining I'll give the girls some leaves. [​IMG]
  10. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Great idea! I have 8 acres of leaves that I need to do something with! [​IMG]

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