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  1. kerri45

    kerri45 New Egg

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    I have three very large rescue hens. I have cut of some of the garden for them and its getting very muddy! What can I put on the mud. Hay brings flies so I need another idea x
     
  2. kerri45

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  3. medichick

    medichick Out Of The Brooder

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    Would cedar chips work? Cedar seems to keep the bugs away
     
  4. kerri45

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    well I will be putting then back in there run area as I dont want them ripping my garden up x so ill be putting grass in there everytime I cut the lawn! Would they be ok with this!? X my hens love the grass! But I need the grass for the kids haha I feel bad
     
  5. medichick

    medichick Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes clippings are fine- just not so thick they stay wet. Chickens are badly affected (health wise) by molds!
     
  6. CindieD

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    I use hay throughout my runs and have had no problem with flies. It is mixed with cedar chips so maybe that is why. I do use cedar chips in each coop as well. I have collards and grasses planted along the outside of my fenced area for my chickens. They peck through the wire and eat the fresh leaves and grasses. I have also planted flowers along the outside just to keep it pretty for me!
     
  7. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    there are lots of posts on here that say the aroma that cedar puts out is bad for chickens and that cedar shavings are a no no..........


    if you can get a tree trimming company to dump you a load of wood chips, that works really well for building up a run, or low spots in the yard, etc. They'll eventually decompose and build up the soil also. I put them in my garden spot, fill in low spots in the yard, mulch the flower beds, add em to the compost pile, etc etc
     

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