1. farmercharlie

    farmercharlie In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2008
    Central Illinois
    I'm not sure where to post this... Just guessing here, do I shovel the used bedding into the run for a time, before composting?
    Thanks, Charlie

  2. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Songster

    Feb 6, 2009
    I do that & I just love the results. I end up with mulch, rather than wood chips which tend to blow around. Also, the run has been cleared of any and all growth by my hungry hens, so it is nice to have some cover for the mud.
  3. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    I just take it down to the compost pile and let it compost all on its own - adding to it then turning. Rain helps compost it faster.

    My girls coop gets cleaned out once a week (actual coop) and the pen gets cleaned out 3 times a week (yes, I'm a little picky when it comes to cleaning the coop/pen) [​IMG]. I just put down 6 bags of play sand and mixed it in with some DE. They love it and it helps keep thier feet clean and less muddy when it rains, easier to rake the droppings out of the pen as well.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Unless you live in a very dry climate, or have a moderately dry climate plus a well-protected (like, roofed) run, putting any meaningful amount of bedding into the run will turn into Stink Stew pretty quickly, followed by an explosion of the local fly population, followed by making whatever mud your run gets much worse.

    You can get away with doing it to a limited extent in some situations, but as a general rule, I wouldn't recommend it.

    Good luck, have fun,


  5. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Songster

    Feb 9, 2009
    Linköping, Sweden
    I just throw it right on the garden. It fertilizes, and the chips are REALLY good at holding the moisture in the soil.

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