Bedding for chook house

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4 years 3 months ago #549599 by Odell
Does anyone know of a source for untreated wood shavings in Marlborough. We had been using Rapaura Timber but they advise they are no longer doing them. Buying them is quite expensive so we wondered if there may be somewhere else.

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4 years 3 months ago #549600 by tonybaker
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I use sawdust from Dashwood.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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4 years 3 months ago #549602 by Stikkibeek
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Don't know who might do tree work in your area, but consider wood chip too. most tree companies have it for sale and it's cheaper than shavings. Since we changed to that, the hens turn over the bedding more easily and in the end there is very good mulch which we spread on our paddocks.

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4 years 3 months ago #549607 by Odell
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Thanks for that - good idea, I’ll see what I can find out.

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4 years 3 months ago #549623 by Sitest
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I use hay, some say it gives breathing problems to chickens but in 25 years of keeping chicks never found this.

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4 years 3 months ago #549629 by Stikkibeek
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Things about hay I do not like, is that if it gets wet and goes mouldy as a result, it can be detrimental to health for both you and the hens, and also, the hollow straws in hay make perfect hiding places for mites.

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4 years 3 months ago #549631 by tonybaker
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Sawdust is free and is best, perfect carbon ratio for compost.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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