Scratching and coop bottom.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Royce, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Royce

    Royce New Egg

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    I have mulch - a mixture of oak, hickory and cedar - can I use it at the bottom of the coop or roosting area?
     
  2. jaloola

    jaloola Happy Joyous & Free

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    I'm pretty sure cedar is toxic to chickens
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Too much cedar fumes in an insufficiently ventilated area is arguably bad for them.

    My bigger concerns though would honestly be a) mold (hardwood is more mold-susceptible than pine and cedar alone), and b) lack of absorbancy/cleanability compared to more typical bedding. You could try it I suppose, but I'd start with DEAD-DRY mulch and keep a close eye on it, and you may well decide you don't like its characteristics re: cleaning.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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