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Peat Moss as Bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JacobMaxwell, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can peat moss be used as bedding in the chicken house? Is it absorbant? does it work well? Does anybody use it?
     
  2. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When peat moss gets wet, it tends to stay wet.


    Chris
     
  3. PAjess

    PAjess New Egg

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    Peat moss is a great option for bedding and sustainable. It actually decreases microbial load in poultry litter.

    I have done quite a bit of research on peat moss bedding for horses. The science is fascinating. Here is an interesting article:

    http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/fs537/Horse-Manure-Mgmt-Bedding-Use.asp

    Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Sincerely,
    Jessica
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I believe that peat moss is actually very much NOT sustainable.
     

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