Fresh mulch for the chickens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lrayle, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to make sure we can put fresh made mulch in the chicken run We are mulching up some pines and poplars trees and wanted to be sure this will not hurt the chickens
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    We've done it with pines and cottonwoods and maples etc, never noticed that it made anybody sick. Pines can be messy with the sap though depending on what kind and the weather Only other thing I can think of is if they are bored enough locked up since it is winter to eat stuff they normally wouldn't bother with like chopped up pine needles maybe? Maybe put some in and see what they do?
     
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  3. lrayle

    lrayle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh they free range all day but I've heard fresh mulch has bugs in it and I wanted to make sure it wasn't something that could hurt the chickens
     
  4. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any insects that venture into your mulch in the run will be treats for the chickens.

    Chris
     
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  5. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In other words, "That's a feature, not a bug."


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  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    We've put various wood chips/hog fuel down in the horse pen when the birds were free ranging---no issues.
     

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