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Cutting dried leaves for coop bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lyndatu, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello

    My chicks are getting bigger and bigger that I'm scared that they might eat me. They are zombie chicks, after all. [​IMG] I am starting to cut the fallen dried leaves into small pieces and I'm making a bucket full of 'em to save money on wood shavings(My parents go mad when I mention the word "shavings"). Cutting them is VERY hard......not exactly hard, but tiring and slow! Is it really necessary to cut them into tiny pieces? The size I cut them down is a little close to a piece of wood shaving.....help....

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. TerrasCritters

    TerrasCritters In a new coop

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    I dont think its necessary to cut them into tiny pieces, the chickens scratching around etc will break them down on there own.

    Wondering just incase what the plants are you are saving leaves from, some trees and shrubs have toxic leaves branches etc.
    I am not an expert on these though.
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2007
  3. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2007
    Georgia
    I would just rake them in a pile and cut them with a lawnmower. Then collect them to put in the coop. If you have no lawnmower just leave them whole it would really not be a huge deal.
     
  4. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm...........lawnmower....why didn't I think of that???

    Thanks!
     
  5. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    "I am starting to cut the fallen dried leaves into small pieces and I'm making a bucket full of 'em "


    you certainly are ambitious........good luck with that...
     
  6. ryanclan

    ryanclan New Egg

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    I'm just getting started with chickens. I've read the posts about using leaves as bedding in the coop. My question is this. Do I need to put oak leaves through my chipper/ shredder since oak leaves are small anyway? I have tons of oak leaves in my yard and would like to hold down the cost of bedding.
     
  7. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dried leaves will be shredded by the birds naturally.

    Just toss them in...add a bit of scratch feed if available, and watch them have at it...
     
  8. ryanclan

    ryanclan New Egg

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    Thanks! That's even better!
     

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