Maple tree chips for bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChicksR4Me, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. ChicksR4Me

    ChicksR4Me Songster

    Dec 1, 2008
    North East Indiana
    My Neighbor is having a very big Maple tree cut down and they are mulching up all the small stuff. They need a place to get rid of the mulch. I wouldn't mind taking it if I could use if for bedding for my chickens. Does anyone know if that would be ok for chickens?

  2. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Maple would be fine
  3. flopshot

    flopshot Songster

    Feb 17, 2009
    the fresh chips will be high in moisture, possible insect infestation, and the possibility of insecticides. i would try to at least dry it out first or take it anyway and use it for landscape mulch.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    What flopshot said. Fresh chips, esp. fresh non-coniferous-tree chips, will mold. Sometimes somethin' fierce. I'd spread it (at least some of it) very thinly outdoors to dry, and then use quite carefully and sparingly in the coop... or just use it as mulch or soil amendment for the garden, frankly, which would be a lot easier and safer.

    Outdoors in the run is not quite as risky as using it as coop bedding but I still would not put down a super thick layer of totally fresh chippings. Also for many people (totally depends on climate and drainage) they will start to rot down and get wet/smelly/fly-ey at some point and may need to be removed from the run later on, although at that point they will be excellent soil amendment.

    Good luck,

  5. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Free Maple chips will work fine if you have a way to dry them....tarps in the sun will work fine, or if you some extra space in a garage to keep the rain off them.

    The key here to these free chips working for you, Is the ability to have a dry product, when placing in the coop.

    Once you can obtain those dry's prolly worth the effort, in my opinion.

    ~ bigzio
  6. Sounds like a good problem to have. I would use it in the flower beds for sure.

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