Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Wow they are looking mighty fine! So nothing on the floor of the coopage Mr.Oz? Not sure on the ducks but yes the do resemble scovy!
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    I am working on that.

    We dont have pine shavings - no pine trees. I have a friend who build furniture and have asked him to save me the shavings from his big planer (well my planer that he borrowed lol). I hope mahogany and teak shavings are non-irritable. I did not want to drop young chicks into them hope for the best. I will do a more controlled experiment when I get back there.

    We dont have hay or even straw as such. I can get rice stalks that I was going to try as well as rice husks for the egg boxes.

    I am trying to be adaptable.
     
  3. Sally Sunshine

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  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm


    I had not thought of sand. I spend my life there trying to keep sand out of my bed. The thought of putting inside anything gives me the heebie geebies but if I cannot come up wit something fast I will give it a go.

    shredded coconut husk is probably a good choice - a little labor intensive but we harvest thousands of them every three months. Normally we just split the shell and get the meat out, then bury the shell with husks in a pit to decay. Its worth experimenting with.

    Peanuts are exported from the Phils - I just need to find out where the shelling takes place.
     
  5. Debs55

    Debs55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We breed goats too and one of our nannies dropped twins yesterday! Seeing your little guy made me think of it
     
  6. SusanRenee

    SusanRenee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll second sand... During the summer, the floor of my coop is just one big sandbox, and I sorta sift it like a kitty litter box. It doesn't work during anytime we have rain, but it sure is nice to just sift and toss in the summer. During the spring/fall/winter wet, I use the deep litter, and the sand and shavings just compost nicely in the coop and I'll dig it out and put it aside occasionally to it's ready this spring. I'll probably need to add more sand this summer since it does get dug out a bit, but I have no bedding cost after that all summer.
     
  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    One thing I have is plenty of sand. I will have a ton hauled up from the beach and let the rain leach the salt out.
     
  8. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rice hulls are also excellent bedding material... are there rice patties anywhere near you?
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Rice hulls are definitely an option. The milling is done on the side of the road normally. I need to get to them before it rains and starts the composting process. I have actually put several of those sugar cane trucks in my previous pictures worth of rice husks down on my lot to increase soil bulk - it is just sand.

    I will use sand till I can get over there and try rice hulls in the new coops I will need for these chooks I hope to hatch.
     
  10. Bulldogma

    Bulldogma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of folks use rice hulls for horse bedding - it's easier to work with than sand as it's much lighter weight and a bit more absorbent - LOL. It is a wonderful thing to have access to such a good option... for the price of a little manual labor. (Not too much... rice hulls are so fluffy and light weight!) I'm envious. I'd love to have something like that just sitting by the road. My shovel would take up permanent residence in my truck - right next to a large plastic container.
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