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    Default Are bark chippings ok for run?

    Hello.
    I am totally new to keeping hens, so new, I don't have any yet but I am seriously considering 3/4 ex battery hens. I would be keeping their house and run on our slabbed patio, next to the house. Of course I would want to put some type of covering on the slabs. Would bark chippings or multi purpose compost be ok? I haven't a clue if this is a great idea or a total no no!. If not a good idea, what could I use? Kind regards, Beenie.

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    Hello and welcome to the Vine Beenie. Don't know about bark chippings but I know wood chippings are used, (look up Back To Eden Method), in which case they can usually be sourced free of charge.

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    Never used them myself but as my gut feeling was 'no' , I've had a bit of a goooogle and found this...

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...ns-winter-tips
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    Ooops..how rude of me!.......Welcome to the Vine!
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    Thanks very much for the replies, Mr Bones and Nico.
    I will set aside some time to have a look at the back to Eden method, i found a very interesting article on google but it will take some time to get through it.
    As far as the Guardian article is concerned, bark chippings are a big NO NO.
    Thanks again for your help. (You haven't heard the last of me)!
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    Hello beenie and welcome
    How much space can you give the chooks? They love to scratch around so will need quite a deep layer of whatever you give them. Do you have any ground that they could live on, rather than slabs?
    There are mobile chicken runs that can be moved around the garden. Goggle "Chicken tractors" for ideas.
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    Beenie....do stick around!...the more questions the better!
    We're all happy to learn as we go!
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    Hello. Thanks all for the warm welcome.
    I will be giving my hens approx 6-8ft X 8-10ft of actual run space, they will have their house too. I will also be giving them a potter in the garden at weekends/early evenings and days off work. Hubby will put a wood or plastic barrier of approx 6 " around the base of the run to keep the litter/shavings in.
    I have also heard of Hemcore, Aubiouse and Easibed. I think some of that is actually horses litter. Any views on that?
    PS. I am just about to Google chicken tractors.
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