City piles of mulch. Use in coop/run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jeffross1968, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    So our city does a lot of tree cutting year round. They've put in piles what looks like mostly pine, poplar, other southern trees, some pine needles mixed in. Don't think we have any cedar around here. I'm wondering if there would be any issues with me saving a few bucks and using this stuff in my coops and runs.
     
  2. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

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    I would not. You just don't know what is in that mulch, including poisons/insecticides/herbicides, etc.
     
  3. twinzmom

    twinzmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering the same thing since the middle school where I work has 2 great big piles of mulched trees available. Thanks for the the question and reply.
     
  4. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I wonder how much of that stuff would be in here, since it's from land clearing heavily wooded areas. But I guess, not knowing for sure...
     
  5. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get similar stuff from our power company, and it works great in the runs. The chickens get pretty excited when I throw it in there, too. ;)
     
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