Green Choices for Chicken Coop Bedding

You have plenty of safe, green choices when it comes to chicken coop bedding.

| December 2013

  • "Fresh Eggs Daily" is author Lisa Steele's guide to raising healthy chickens naturally, which includes feeding them a diet of herbs, flowers, and greens.
    Cover Courtesy St. Lynn's Press
  • When it comes to chicken coop bedding, green choices include straw, pine shavings, and shredded paper.
    Photo By Fotolia/chelle129

Learn to treat your flock to a diet rich in a variety of herbs, greens, and flowers with Fresh Eggs Daily (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013). Lisa Steele offers dozens of simple and intelligent tips for “going natural” that help you avoid common ailments that plague many backyard flocks. This excerpt comes from the first chapter, and offers readers plenty of safe, green choices when it comes to finding chicken coop bedding.

You can purchase this book from the Capper’s Farmer store: Fresh Eggs Daily.

More Fresh Eggs Daily:

Properly Caring for Chickens in Winter
What to Feed Chickens in Winter, and Freezing Chicken Eggs       
DIY Chicken Scratch Wreath
Homemade Suet Block Recipe
Things to Know Before Building a Backyard Chicken Coop
Easy Green Tips for Refreshing and Cleaning a Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop Bedding

The floor of your coop should be covered with a thick layer of bedding to offer a soft landing from the roosts. There are three types of bedding I recommend: pine shavings, straw or shredded paper. There are also three types of bedding I can’t recommend because they could actually harm your chickens. Let’s start with what not to use.

Chicken Coop Bedding Materials to Avoid

Cedar chips or shavings. These should never be used, as the cedar oils can be toxic and cedar itself is very aromatic and can cause breathing problems in chickens.

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