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Corn Stalks as bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by meadowsong, May 8, 2009.

  1. meadowsong

    meadowsong In the Brooder

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    My husband is wanting to use corn stalks in our coop as bedding once the chicks go out. We can get them easily and cheaply. I could have swore I heard some mention of using them, but am now having a hard time finding any info on it.
     

  2. DarkWolf

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    Put through a wood chipper when dry? That might work well.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I don't think they're absorbent enough to help the problem of moisture. You could try it & see how it goes.
     
  4. DarkWolf

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    Supplementing with a little stall dry now and then would help that however. Be worth a shot.. Especially if you grow corn or can get the stalks free or cheap.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2009
  5. Corn stalks can develop a mold that is very toxic to birds. I suppose it it were ground up and very dry it might work, but chickens will eat an *entire* head of sunflower and I'm wondering if they might stuff themselves with corn stalk. Maybe someone knows. I'd be tempted to stay with tried-and-tru bedding because chickens, well, they get into everything! [​IMG]
     

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