Coop run floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 38farmgirl, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. 38farmgirl

    38farmgirl Out Of The Brooder

    May 31, 2010
    I currently have wood chips in the run of my chicken coop... I LOVE it!!! But now the chips are starting to break down so I need to replace them. I was thinking about putting "play chips" in the run but found out that they are cedar. I know you cannot use cedar shavings but what about chips??? Will that harm the chickens???
    I have tried sand, straw and just dirt... Don't like those options...
  2. yogifink

    yogifink Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2013
    Pinebluff, nc
    My Coop
    If your current method is working for you, why change it?
  3. briansdogs

    briansdogs Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2013
    What do you like about wood chips over sand? Sounds very good for composting . Sorry I'm asking a question and not answering yours. I don't know if the cedar chips will harm them. Thanks.
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    The problem with cedar is the dust, a known respiratory irritant, not the wood, chips, or shavings. Cedar has a pronounced odor that fades with exposure to air and sunlight. If you put cedar shavings or chips in the run, there should be no problems.

    Whatever is in the run will be turned over into the underlying soil due to the chickens' natural scratching and digging.


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