I love my hens! the provide me with the best tasting eggs and they make great pets. We decided to build a chicken coop last year. My daughters love them and they get along great with our dog. Having the chickens has also taught them a new sense of responsibility. Having more would be good, but our city only allows us to have 2. We do not have a lot of space but I discovered that covering their run with wood chippings is a great solution that keeps our chicken happy.
Chickens need to scratch and dig so laying 4 inches of wood chips is perfect to help them accomplish this. Another benefit is that laying the chips makes it very quick and easy to clean to run and the coop. I change the wood chips every month and then I use it to compost and make great fertilizer. It is a win win situation from all angles.
Most people think that placing wood chips in your backyard chicken coop is expensive. Not only is it not expensive, it is easy to do in a few minutes.
Follow these 3 easy steps, you can even have your children help you so that they feel more involved and take responsibility for the chickens.
1. Pour the wood chippings into an edged area in the run or in the hen nests.
2. Begin to rake it out. Be sure that the ground the the hen nests are covered completely with about four inches of wood chips.
3. Last, make sure that the wood chips are flat so your chickens can walk around easily.
If you have more questions on how to build a chicken coop , raise your chickens or other resources regarding chicken farming on rural and suburban farms, there is lots free information out there. However, I always find it is best to ask people that have been raising chickens for a while. Whether you have 2 or 200 hundred chickens it is always good to get as much information as possible.
You decided to have chickens, and have decided to build a chicken coop and now, using wood chips, you know how to make a great place for your chickens even better!