Cardboard coop bedding is an excellent alternative to using straw or sand in the coop. Additionally, it is biodegradable and can easily be added to the compost pile for future gardening needs.
Cardboard coop bedding
Cardboard bedding is a completely natural option for your coop floor, and honestly, it’s even much cleaner and easier to tend to than the deep litter and sand methods. Chickens cannot ingest the large pieces of cardboard. They will try to peck at it but lose interest after the first hour. Since the bedding is so light, many times the chickens will stir the bedding for you through out the day, which is a nice bonus.
However, my biggest love about this bedding is that my chickens love it. We saw quite the health improvement versus straw and other dusty beddings. Whenever we put down new straw or wood shavings, the chickens often have irritated sinuses. But not with cardboard bedding.There is no dust or pollen in the cardboard bedding, which is also a wonderful option for me since it allows me to put down bedding without wearing a mask and while also taking unnecessary allergy medicines.
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Contributing Blogger: Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead
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Related article: How do You Keep Chickens Warm?
Providing a well built coop for your chickens will help them stay warm. At night, close the coop to keep predators out and trap warmth inside the building. Most pre-built chicken coops have a small door, called a pop door. Using this during the day in cold weather allows you to keep the bigger door closed. The chickens can still access the inside of the coop, while keeping the air inside the coop warmer. In the chicken coop you can make adjustments that can be made to keep chickens warm during the cold season.