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Chicken Bed Lining 101

 Last week took dove into the world of poultry rearing, for folks who enjoy their chicken and and eggs even more home cooked than usual (or maybe they are just trying to see which one comes first).  This week we are going to dig a little deeper into one of the most useful and beneficial tools you can utilize in your efforts to raise quality, happy birds:  their bed lining.  Bedding for poultry comes in a wide variety of different forms.  Deciding which one is best for your situation and animals is up to you. 

Why use bedding?  Well, frankly, it is cleaner.  There is no pleasant way to put this, but chickens poop.  A lot, actually, for their size, and having fresh bedding changed out not only provides an area of absorption but helps to mask the fowl odor (I am not even sorry for that, I will never be sorry for that, no force on Earth could ever make me feel sorry for that pun). 

How often should it be cleaned?  Obviously, this is going to be different depending on what is being used and how many birds are using it.  Take the time to check on your animals daily and make sure that their coop is not getting filthy.  Making clean-up a part of your daily routine will go a long way towards staving off bad smells and pests.  As for fully changing the bedding, at least once or twice a month should be necessary, but more is not unreasonable if it looks like it needs it.  To put it bluntly, clean it up if it is dirty.

What kind of bedding should I use?  There are any number of options that you can go for with bedding.  Shredded paper or cardboard can work in a pinch, as can sawdust and pine shavings.  Hillsboro Feed Company offers an excellent selection of perfect bedding solutions, in shavings, slivers, and pellet form.  Our staff would be happy to help you determine if one of these might be the right fit for your home’s chicken coop.

Are there natural options?  If you are trying to go the all-natural route, things like hay, pine needles, sand, and grass clippings can provide excellent bedding for your chickens.  However, know that you will need to have lots of the product available if you are going to use it for bedding, certainly enough to change out the entire coop.  You will want more during the winter months, when the chickens may wish to burrow down to avoid the cold. 

Hillsboro Feed Company is the go-to location for any and all North Alabamians looking to supply their livestock and work animals with the best, healthiest options for feed, bedding, or supplements. Their customer service skills are excellent and their products are the best around. Visit their store at 14934 Alabama Hwy 20 W, Hillsboro, AL, or call (256) 637-2309 if you have any questions. You can also visit them on the web, at