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chipped bamboo bedding

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JeffKlapper, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. JeffKlapper

    JeffKlapper Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    Has anyone used chipped bamboo as bedding? I was concerned about the high silica content, but DE is silica based so I'm thinking this is not a problem. I am planning my first chickens for this spring and would like to avoid mistakes!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I don't recall the exact percentage, but food grade DE has a very low silica content.
    Around here the easiest to obtain, inexpensive choice for shavings is pine.
    Welcome to BYC Jeff! [​IMG]
  3. JeffKlapper

    JeffKlapper Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    Thanks Kat,

    I volunteer with a land trust here in MD and one of our projects is to clear invasive plant species. We have an endless supply of free chipped bamboo. I have never heard of it being used with chickens. Free is good, but first do no harm-

  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    As someone who's worked a lot with bamboo I'd be very reluctant to use chipped bamboo as bedding. I tell people working with bamboo is like working with fiberglass insulation because of the long silica strands. Bamboo sawdust is one of the itchiest substances I've ever dealt with. Chicken feet are tough but the constant irritation of the silica is likely to cause problems especially with younger birds.

    Depending on how finely chipped it is you might worry about airway irritation
  5. JeffKlapper

    JeffKlapper Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    That was my concern as well so I thought I would ask if there were any folks who had tried it.
    Since I have not found a single reference to its use anywhere, I suspect it should be avoided.
    I'm sure not going to risk my first chickens.

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