Chipped wood in run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JenniferCNY, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. JenniferCNY

    JenniferCNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A tree that was taken down last fall is currently being chipped. We have an 8X12 run. I use leaves and pine needles in the run right now. Can I also use the wood chips? My goal is to have DLM and the leaves do a good job. It's just hard to keep enough new leaves in there to keep the DLM going.
     
  2. Alabama Jack

    Alabama Jack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of tree?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Probably OK...especially if it's good and dry.
    How big a tree and how are they chipping it?
    'What kind' is a good question from @Alabama Jack

    Good to have a mix of sizes shapes materials.

    Here's a great description of contents and how to manage organic 'bedding' in a run or coop...and there's a great video of what it looks like.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1037998/muddy-run-help-please#post_16017992
     
  4. JenniferCNY

    JenniferCNY Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a black locust. The chips are a wide variety of sizes. From fine, almost sawdust, to larger chunks and strands.
     
  5. Indie-Chick

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    I believe that Black locust trees are toxic for chickens. Can anyone back this up?
     
  6. TattooedChicks

    TattooedChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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