HEMP BEDDING FOR CHICKEN COOPS
While some folks are still using wood chips and various other products for their chicken coops, nesting boxes and brooder, we have discovered that the best bedding for chickens is Hemp! Whether you raise exotic birds to see them strut their stuff, lust for luscious eggs, or are just keep them as adorable pets, chickens are one of life’s simple pleasures.
Why Hemp Chicken Bedding?
Hemp bedding offers superior absorbency, low dust, and reduces harmful ammonia odors. It is by far, the safest and most comfortable bedding for chickens. While the birds get the biggest benefit, you’ll enjoy the reduced impact on your wallet and the environment. Here’s some our favorite reasons to use Hemp:
Hemp is an Extraordinarily Absorbent Bedding for Chickens
Hemp animal bedding is hyper-absorbent. Damp bedding encourages bacterial growth where Salmonella and Coccidiosis can quickly take hold. Hemp’s natural anti-microbial properties combined with dry bedding will help you rest easier.
Healthy aviary, happy birds!
Hemp is Remarkably Low in Dust.
Hemp bedding is virtually dust-free and unlike wood chips, is exceptionally fluffy. Dust can damage the delicate respiratory systems of birds. With hemp you don’t have to sacrifice safety and comfort for practicality. Hemp in the the nest box will provide eggs a soft spot to land. Using hemp chicken bedding in your coop will provide a stable but cushioned surface that helps prevent Bumblefoot.
Hemp in Your Chicken Coop Halts Odors
When used in bird housing, Hemp bedding reduces ammonia fumes and other unwanted odors. Not are they only unpleasant, they can be harmful to your chickens. Don’t let cedar trick you, the aroma may be lovely, it may help deter insects, but the phenols are tough on the respiratory system for your birds.
Hemp bedding is especially beneficial in the confinement of a brooder. Hemp’s neutral odor doesn’t mean it won’t help keep mites and other insects at bay, as it does possess insect repelling properties.
Hemp Chicken Bedding is Economical
Hemp Chicken bedding lasts longer and contributes to a healthy flock. When you choose Hemp for your chicken coop and nesting boxes, less of your hard-earned money is spent on bedding and healthcare. Hemp’s high thermal rating will keep your birds warmer, reducing electricity costs. Happy healthy hens produce more eggs.
Hemp is Ecologically Sound
We would be remiss if we didn’t discuss composting! Hemp is non-acidic. The waste from your chicken housing will quickly biodegrade, leaving nothing but garden gold. Your garden will thank you with increased yields.
Hemp is also incredibly earth-friendly. It renews itself annually and produces significantly more pulp than trees per acre. Use hemp for your chicken bedding – the earth will thank you for it.
Product Installation For Chickens
One bale of Old Dominion Hemp Animal Bedding weighs 33 pounds.
Each bale opens to 11 cubic feet of coverage per bale of hemp hurd.
Applications For Chicken Coops (8x8)
Our clients use a wide variety of applications for utilizing our bedding. Provided below are a couple of these techniques, based on an 8x8 coop size. Variations in usage will exist due to the habits of your chickens and your cleaning regime.
DEEP BEDDING SYSTEM
- 1-3 bales for base
- Add 1 bale for replenishing every 30-45 days, turning material over every 2 weeks
RUNNING BEDDING SYSTEM
- 1-3 bales for base
- Add 1 bale every 30-45 days to replenish removed material