Question about bedding!!

Call_me _crazy

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Ok I've been reading about some types of bedding. Does anyone use any type of mulch so to speak? I know some use wood chips. Pretty much the same thing I would think. The thing is my husband does tree work for a living and we have a huge pile of chipped wood (mulch). Would love to take the cheap route and use what is avaliable. What do you all think?
 

patandchickens

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You can use it as long as it is quite dry first. Which is sometimes hard to arrange. Otherwise it is apt to mold (hardwood chips/bark are more mold prone than pine and other conifers).

I'd suggest spreading out a thin layer of DEAD FRESH chippings (so it hasn't had a chance to *start* molding in the truck or in a big dump pile) and let them bake in the sun for a few days, raking occasionally, til they are really really dry.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat, heading out of town for a little while, y'all have a good week!
 

wionna1202

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be carefull using hard wood. I don't use it because I have been told this and get nervous that when a chicken jumps down they can jab their feet with the wood and cause sores.
 

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