Is regular mulch ok for chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pixiechick, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. pixiechick

    pixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I already use pine shavings in my coop, but my chickens love to dig in our landscaping mulch when I let them out in the yard. We're thinking of expanding the run and I'm wondering if it would be ok to put some landscaping mulch in there for them to play with.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    you never know what they put in the mulch. I suppose if it hasn't harmed them yet, then perhaps they'll be OK.
     
  3. 1Speckled Hen w/Chicks

    1Speckled Hen w/Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think about another form of litter or ground cover....
    There is a high rate of chemicals in some mulches...preservatives, oils etc.


    If you have your own chipper-vac and make your own mulch from fallen Pines I guess it would be ok..as you would know its all natural without any additives that could harm your flock.
     
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some mulch is labeled playground safe, any non-cedar playground safe mulches probably would be fine for a chicken run.
     
  5. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chickens love mulch! they free range and i always find them making holes in it to lay in. they get lazy around noon and take naps under the perenials! mine havent had problems with the regular old stuff delivered from the greenhouse.
     
  6. pixiechick

    pixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about cypress bark chips? My mom wants to use it in her new run.
     
  7. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    I have mulch all over the run and yard(where they MOST of the day) and haven't noticed any problems with them at all! [​IMG]
     
  8. Kung Foo Chicken

    Kung Foo Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a great idea. My parent's friend owns a tree cutting service and they have huge amounts of hardwood mulch for free. It is kinda chunky and dries out fast...hrm must think about this.

    Thanks for the idea.
     
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  9. redkan

    redkan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you tell me what brand you're using I might be able to help. It's true that some mulches are made from recycled wood but usually only "clean" wood. Keep in mind that most companies manufacturing mulch know that kids & pets are/might be playing in it and they don't want the liability of using something toxic.....
     
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Mulch in the run will hold water (think 'sponge') and between the dampness and the poo can get purty stinky, plus it will gradually compost down into, technically speaking, mud [​IMG]

    It is ok as long as the mulch is untreated-undyed and you don't mind raking it out and replacing it totally on a somewhat regular basis... but it would not be my choice for run footing.

    Good luck and have fun,

    Pat
     

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