Nesting material

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cajunlizz, May 30, 2008.

  1. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    IS it ok to USE moss ( that hangs from the trees ) in their nest ? I noticed they are eating this moss . I was told moss is nothing more than a fungus and I was PRAYING the whole time I wrote this message that this will not harm the hens . PLEASE ANSWER ASAP
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I have absolutely no idea but... my thought is that moss is generally damp/wet? I wouldn't use anything that is damp/wet in my chicken coop.

    Hopefully someone from the South will jump in and give you some real guidance.
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:NO , this MOSS is perfectly DRY . BUT they are eating it . LOL
  4. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Songster

    May 23, 2008
    i would think that tree mosses would be too brittle and dusty for prolonged use. i'm sure it's fine for your chickens to eat in moderation; it's just a lichen. i'm just not sure i'd use it as nesting material. but you know, maybe someone has some actual experience with this and can give it a 5 star rating!
  5. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    I think it would be fine for them to eat, also cushy and soft, but not absorbant. I try to avoid touching it myself because it often harbors redbugs (aka chiggers). They are related to ticks. They leave horrible nasty itchy red bites.

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