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Corn Stalks as bedding?

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

  1. meadowsong

    meadowsong Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    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

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    Put through a wood chipper when dry? That might work well.
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I don't think they're absorbent enough to help the problem of moisture. You could try it & see how it goes.
  4. DarkWolf

    DarkWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 11, 2008
    Murray Kentucky
    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. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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