Making your own wood chips for bedding...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sunny & the 5 egg layers, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

    Mar 29, 2011
    I have a wood chipper and I was wondering if could chip some wood and use it as bedding? Is there any kind of wood I should stay away from?
    Thanks in advance. [​IMG]

  2. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Songster

    Aug 22, 2010
    I would think sappy wood, chips that are sticky. I am considering chipping mesquite, but the thorns are pretty aggressive, so I figure I trial batch is necessary.

    My chipper makes the chips small enough, so any dry wood should work. Keep in mind, wood chips even when poop covered will take a year to become compost. I use shredded non glossy paper. Can't use news print anymore, it jams up the shredder because it is so thin. I generally get enough from junk mail, catalogs and the like. If you have paper from work, shred would be great, you can use that. It decomposes in about 4 months.
  3. snooptwomey

    snooptwomey Songster

    Aug 26, 2011
    Newark, DE
    I have read that cedar is poisonous for the chickens, but only if they eat it.

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