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Old 10-07-2011, 08:30 PM
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At first I used the wood chips from Tractor Supply. I found the larger chips worked much nicer than the "finer" chips - and the chickens would peck and the chips anyway and make them "fine."

For the past month (my coop has only been together since August) I've been using a mixture of newspapers and wood chips. Last week when the leaves started falling I raked up a pile and put them in the coop, and that seemed to work pretty good. They break it down into little pieces.

I was planning on picking up all the bags I can get from town to use for the garden, but it's even sweeter if I can use it for chicken bedding, and then put it in the garden.

Anyone else use leaves? If so, any comments, suggestions, lessons you've learned...? Or, is there some specific reason why you *wouldn't* use them? There's a thread over at Backyard Chickens but it doesn't go into any detail other than that some people use them.

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I have used them before and also used pine straw for nest boxes.
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I'm not into raising chickens bt me neighbor is. I do a little furniture work and he says his chickens love my oak and pine sawdust. I avoid giving him any exotics, purple heartwood or wenge. Not sure if it's good for the chickens.
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oak chips are bad for the chickens if they injest to many(and theywill) Tannic acid will rub them out.

Leaves are sorta good but there again not oak leaves. Ran through a typical shredder or lawn mower usually shreads them enough.
I usually stay with the pine chips as the pine
1... Leaves a fresh smell.
2. moisture on the pine will release the pine turpin.
3.. Its a lot less work than mulching the leaves.

The leaves will also mold which is very bad for the chickens where as the pine chips unless constantly wet, wont.

Been raising em for a decade now. Only thing I loose em to is those darn coons
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Would using eucalyptus leaves harm the chickens? I know that it is good bedding for dogs because it keeps the fleas down. Any ideas about this?
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oak chips are bad for the chickens if they injest to many(and theywill) Tannic acid will rub them out.

Leaves are sorta good but there again not oak leaves. Ran through a typical shredder or lawn mower usually shreads them enough.
I usually stay with the pine chips as the pine
1... Leaves a fresh smell.
2. moisture on the pine will release the pine turpin.
3.. Its a lot less work than mulching the leaves.

The leaves will also mold which is very bad for the chickens where as the pine chips unless constantly wet, wont.

Been raising em for a decade now. Only thing I loose em to is those darn coons
Thanks for the heads up. I'll seperate the oak out and only send the pine.
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Would using eucalyptus leaves harm the chickens? I know that it is good bedding for dogs because it keeps the fleas down. Any ideas about this?
never heard of that one, you might wanna ask some of the aussies or NJ folk see what they think
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Interesting concept, but I prefer acquiring hay bales from an unnamed source. LOL
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Interesting concept, but I prefer acquiring hay bales from an unnamed source. LOL
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Thanks for the heads up. I'll seperate the oak out and only send the pine.
The girls will appreciate it SGT..an how ya doin brother, that RTm doing fine?
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We have several live oak trees on on property. We generally have such an abundance of leaves that we have started using them in our chicken pen last year rather than bagging them up. All of our chickens and guinnea fowl have been healthy and lay great eggs.


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I use oak leaves as well, no problem, but I don't use them all the time. I too usually use hay and only use leaves or pine straw when I run out. My ducks do love leaves though, they like to sort through them looking for bugs.
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As long as you keep them pretty dry they do fine. Keep your waterers from leaking and spilling. When wet they mat down badly and the chickens can't turn them over enough to break them down. They will get moldy and pretty nasty. Throwing some scratch grains in them keeps the birds busy turning them and breaking them down. This adds a "brown" to the "green" of the chicken manure and makes a nice start for the compost pile. I have cheated and used it straight without burning the plants because the leaves calm it down but composting is better.

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