Teak Wood Chips

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LaraHeinecken, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. LaraHeinecken

    LaraHeinecken Chirping

    Mar 20, 2013
    Mallorca, Spain
    We have a mixed flock of laying hens, mainly Rhode Island reds as well as some guinea fowl and a turkey. We have access to teak wood chips from a friend who has a carpentry company. Had anyone had experience using these and just wondering if they are safe to use in our roosting house and laying boxes?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I have no idea if teak might have any components that are toxic or irritating to chickens, like aromatic cedar would be.
    Are they shavings from a planer... or....wondering how big they are??

    Teak is very hard, thus will break down very slowly and is not as absorptive as a softwood (like pine) so maybe not the best wood to use in a coop.....might depend on how you manage your coop manure. Might be better used as a run bedding.
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