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Properties of Hemp Bedding

4x More Absorbent
Reduces Ammonia Odors Better
Low Dust Means Better Air Quality
Biodegradable = Best For Pets & Planet

About Old Dominion Hemp

Since our founding in 2015, our mission has always been to provide our customers the best hemp bedding for their pets and animals and to encourage others to discover what hemp can do for them.

I and everyone at Old Dominion Hemp stand behind our product as simply the healthiest option for animal bedding on the market.

Marty Phipps, Founder

113 reviews for Large Animal Hemp Bedding (33-Pound Bag)

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  1. Devon Pratt (verified owner)

    I've been using Old Dominion hemp bedding for over a year with my horses and they love it! I especially appreciate how absorbant it is. It really keeps the odor down in the stalls.

  2. Allison Buckley

    Can't say enough about how superior this hemp bedding is to traditional pine shavings. We switched our goats from pine to hemp and I will never go back. Their small barn is noticeably less dusty. More importantly, the absorbency can't be beat. Our goats do not care for the snow one bit, and we live where it snows quite often. They spend snow days entirely in the barn and the hemp bedding far outlasts any other bedding we've tried.

  3. Todd (verified owner)

    Have purchased multiple times. Use in my chicken coop. Still as dusty as wood shavings but absorbency tends to be better in my opinion. Miracle plant.

  4. William B. (verified owner)

    Fast delivery read great reviews I'm sure my chickens will love this when they get delivered.

  5. Marion (verified owner)

    Love the hemp it's great for my hens just wish shipping wasn't so high. Great product!

  6. Robynne (verified owner)

    The best choice for chicken coop bedding! Low dust, highly absorbent. The price is also reasonable and the shipping costs are average.

  7. Susan Phelan (verified owner)

    I really like hemp bedding for my chickens. I can do the deep litter method with this very well. Old Dominion shipped this very quickly even in times when shipping is tight. My chickens like the hemp in their coop especially when they jump down off of the roost in the mornings and have that comfortable landing on the hemp. The hay I used to use would slide on the floor or compress so that they landed hard. I like to keep the ladies - and old Louie happy, especially first thing in the morning when they get ready to lay those eggs.

  8. Gregory (verified owner)

    We love this hemp for our chickens. We do a deep litter method and this stuff is perfect! No smell 🙂 Thank you for the great product.

  9. Mary Hylton (verified owner)

    I love the hemp bedding for my chickens it works great on keeping down the smell and it is not dusty. Thank you

  10. James Bobbitt (verified owner)

    We are going on week 2 without changing the bedding in our rat colonies. By this time time using pine shavings the amonia smell is terrible. Also the hemp absorbs alot more liquid than pine. 100% satisfaction from me and my rats!

  11. Louise Bown

    We love it! It keeps the smell down In our chicken coop and our chickens enjoy how soft it is. We will definitely buy more.

  12. Lisa Burgs

    Love this bedding, still figuring out exactly what to do for our chickens, but I like that this is not super dusty and our girls seem to like it. I especially love that I received a hand written Thank You for my purchase in the mail. I little love goes a long way!

  13. Kathleen Allen (verified owner)

    My MFT Mare has serious allergies and your Hemp Shavings are the BEST EVER for her. Thank you so much!

  14. Dawn S. (verified owner)

    Keeps my rats from sneezing

  15. Laura (verified owner)

    I love this product and Old Dominion is fast with delivery. Thanks

  16. Brandon Hernandez (verified owner)

    I switched to this bedding 2 year ago. It's saved me so much time and money. My African soft furs love it and do so do I.

  17. Robynne (verified owner)

    This is the Best Bedding for chickens by far! It's the best absorbing bedding I have used and I have tried many other options, it creates minimum dust and after use it can be composted. I also use it in the chicken run.

  18. tina f. (verified owner)

    I love this bedding. I am able to avoid the any smell and it keeps the coop looking nice.

  19. Anonymous (verified owner)

    This bedding comes in sealed plastic, and then in a cardboard box. The chickens and ducks love it. If I put the bedding in deep during the winter, the same bedding lasts all winter. The chickens seem to be so happy that they lay more eggs then other beddings like straw or wood chips.

  20. kennth strickland (verified owner)

    I have a 4 foot x 8 foot chicken coop. 1 1/2 bags will fill it to about 6 inches. I do turn mine over every two or three days. I have 8 chickens all of them gives this hemp claws ups they are very happy with how good it is doing.

  21. Vickie H. (verified owner)

    My chickens and duck coops are much easier to manage and clean with the hemp bedding

  22. Jackie B. (verified owner)

    Thank you. Great response time and shipping speed.

  23. Lorri (verified owner)

    We use it in our chicken pens. The chickens love it, it stays really clean and almost no smell in coop or run.

  24. Anonymous (verified owner)

    my chickens like the hemp bedding , hopefully it will be good for deep bedding method over the winter.

  25. Cheryl (verified owner)

    Quality product. The chickens love the bedding and lay more eggs. I have ordered this bedding several times. Promptly delivered and well packaged every time.

  26. Erica (verified owner)

    I got this for my flock and they love it! It smells nice and is so soft! I’ll only be using this bedding from now on.

  27. Heather F. (verified owner)

    This is such a great product. It's easy to use in the chicken coop - I can sift out the waste easily each day and keep it moving. Hemp is vastly superior to wood shavings for absorbency.

  28. Kristen B. (verified owner)

    My chicken coop smells great and the hemp is absorbent enough to even handle my ducks. I love this product.

  29. Alecia (verified owner)

    Yes, my chickens do well with the hemp bedding, but shipping is expensive.

  30. Paree Hecht (verified owner)

    Use for chicken droppings board underneath nighttime roost. Excellent absorption/odor control/dust minimization without unnecessary waste When picking clean every morning.

  31. Cheryl (verified owner)

    Chickens an ducks love the hemp bedding. Soaks up the muddy duck poop really well. The chickens love playing in it and lay more eggs....lasts along time. Great for the 'deep bedding' method.

  32. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Using it in chicken coop run, partially and totally covered areas, also in the poop tray, works well and composts quickly.

  33. Ashley K. (verified owner)

    Excellent quality and pretty timely shipping. A little more expensive than my previous vendor for the same size bag of hemp bedding.

  34. Patricia D. (verified owner)

  35. Terry B. (verified owner)

    So far, we really like the bedding. We have chix, turkeys, and guineas, all in different coops. Not sure of the bedding and the initial huge price, we only did our turkey pen. Husband had stroke, heart attack and bad back, making him disabled. I have fibromyalgia, and arthritis, making me disabled. We are both 70 yrs. old. We needed to try something to get thru winters with less work. We live in snow belt in Pa. So far, the turkey coop, has remained dry. Fluffing up has been easy, and turkeys are dusting off in coop. Will know better, when snow arrives, with wet, muddy, freezing weather. For now, we are very pleased. Just wish someone closer to us carried product as, spending over hundreds of dollars for delivery, is quite expensive to us only on social security. We still will need 12 more bales for chix and Guinea pens. But I highly recommend hemp bedding better than using straw or hay which stays wet and heavy, needing cleaning more often. I would tell others to try product and see for yourselves how well it works.

  36. Gloria Evans (verified owner)

    It’s very clean and absorbs waste very well. It’s also low dust and my chickens love it for their nesting boxes also.

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  37. Shannon D. (verified owner)

    I've been using OD hemp bedding for a year to manage my chicken coop and it's perfect. Low-or-no dust and oder. It makes cleaning the waste easy and keeps the smell in the coop fresh. In the winter, the deep litter method works well both at managing their waste and keeping the coop warm like insulation. Unlike other methods, like pine flakes, sand, or straw, the hemp has checked every box with no downsides in the year (and all 4 seasons) I've used it. OD has shipped reliably with every order and has been a very consistent and reliable supplier and company to work with. I will be continuing to use use OD hemp for the foreseeable future.

  38. Anonymous (verified owner)

    my biggest issue is the shipping cost. YOu'd like a bulk order would be discounted. It makes it affordably.

  39. Zbynek (verified owner)

    My chickens like it and the price and shipping was excellent. Good company.

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  41. Rebecca Snyder (verified owner)

    Absolutely great customer service!

  42. kennth s. (verified owner)

    low dust. very pleased.

  43. Kim R. (verified owner)

    The perfect bedding for my chicken coop. Low dust, smells amazing and my chickens love it. It’s a win win all around.

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  44. Thu P. (verified owner)

    It’s the best bedding to use , no odor in the coop . Less work for me 😁

  45. Emily W. (verified owner)

    Really fast shipping! Product is of great quality and as expected. I was surprised how fast it got to my house!

  46. Denise (verified owner)

    I gave it a 4 star cause its a little dusty

  47. Anonymous (verified owner)

    we use it in our chicken coop, cuts down on odors better than anything else.

  48. john jarrell (verified owner)

    I received the Hemp Bedding promptly. I am going to use this in the spring & summer on my raised garden bed. Hoping it will help keep moisture in and the sun off my compost and worm castings. I live in Texas and it gets hot. Will let you know how it works.

  49. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Happy chickens,coop stays dry and no oder.

  50. Bernard Koogler (verified owner)

    Using this product in my dog kennel, I like it because its very absorbent and dust free!

  51. Anna (verified owner)

    Love using this for in the chicken coop. Absorbs all the smells and lasts much much longer than pine shavings. 10/10

  52. Janet (verified owner)

    Hemp bedding is the best litter for my chickens that I've tried. I used other litters for years and have been using hemp for the last three. I plan to use it as long as I have chickens. Stays dry and odor-free, lasts a very long time and keeps the chickens comfortable. Mites and other insects don't seem to like it at all which is fine by me. The bedding was delivered quickly, smells fresh and is as described.

  53. Robin D. (verified owner)

    This product is far superior to pine shavings. Long-lasting odor control, absorbent, and toasty bedding for my backyard chickens.

  54. john jarrell (verified owner)

    I received the Hemp Bedding promptly. I am going to use this in the spring & summer on my raised garden bed. Hoping it will help keep moisture in and the sun off my compost and worm castings. I live in Texas and it gets hot. Will let you know how it works. January 30 2022, well I cleaned off my garden bed added a couple inches of fresh compost and some worm castings and topped it off with your hemp. I absolutely love the hemp! I will definitely be a repeat customer. Thanks John Jarrell

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  55. arthur knight (verified owner)

    Chickens seem to like it very much

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  57. Ruth Z. (verified owner)

    I am allergic to pine shavings so tried your hemp bedding. I can sit in the coop with the "kids" (9 week old chicks) and have absolute no problems whatsoever. I am so glad I found you guys and tickled pink how great it is in the coop. There is absolutely no smell in the coop and makes for easy clean out. And if that isn't enough, we use the cleaned out hemp for our raised beds. Thank you for a great product, great service, bit most of all - the ability to spend time with my babies and no health concens on my part.

  58. Jean (verified owner)

  59. Robynne (verified owner)

    Excellent Bedding because it is nearly dust free and highly absorbent.

  60. Bernard Koogler (verified owner)

    Using it in dog kennel with puppies! Very absorbent and helps control odor!

  61. Dana Koenig (verified owner)

    I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff!! My hen's coop smells so sweet - it is SO easy to scoop poop out of it because it clumps and you don't lose a lot of bedding when you scoop. I am a bit of a clean freak with my coop and with the hemp bedding it feels more like a dorm room than a chicken coop! So nice!

  62. Sandra B. (verified owner)

    This bedding is super awesome!! Highly recommend!

  63. Candi S. (verified owner)

    This was the first time I have purchased hemp bedding for my chickens but I absolutely love it!
    It is so soft & there is no dust. It doesn’t have much of a smell but the light scent it has is pleasant.
    I will not have to change the bedding as much as it very quickly dries out the chicken poop - making it very easy to do a quick clean each morning with the large metal kitty litter scooper I have.
    The chickens really seem to like the hemp as well!
    This company offers the best price per cubic foot but my only complaint is that the cost of shipping is so high.
    That being said I am incredibly happy with the product and will continue to be a regular customer!
    Oh, and I love love that no pesticides or chemicals are used on this product!

  64. Tracy (verified owner)

    Low dust and long lasting. We use it for our goat bedding and our chickens. Will never use another type of bedding again. Worth the $

  65. Eric M. (verified owner)

    Less expensive from Old Dominion site versus some product at other online sites. It does a good job drying out manure, you have to stir the hemp because it packs well. Great product with minimal dust. Finally, with deep litter method it can be a annual change out with new litter.

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  67. Charles Baumer (verified owner)

    I have chickens. Really like the hemp. Compost very well and requires less maintenance then straw. I do the deep litter method and change it every 6 months

  68. Danielle McCarty (verified owner)

    Love the product and the price! However, I am not happy that it is out of stock with no ability to be notified when it returns. The smaller bags aren’t nearly as well priced so I guess I’ll be waiting…

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  69. Rob Chester (verified owner)

    Great shipping, well done!

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  71. Nathanial (verified owner)

    Looks good, smells good, and most of all helps to keep my animals dry and healthy!

  72. Mellissa (verified owner)

    I love this bedding, at first the girls were not so sure about it but I think they would rate it a five for sure. It produces very little dust. It stays in place which makes it easier for the chicks to jump down and it’s way less messy overall.

  73. Cory A Russell (verified owner)

    Stellar product (not dusty). Good communication and quick delivery. Thanks!

  74. Jocelyn M. (verified owner)

    I'm using this for deep litter in my chicken coop and I've been super impressed! This is my secord order. The first lasted me almost a year. My only regret was mixing in other bedding so I started fresh and I'm going strictly hemp indoors. I moved the old stuff out back to the pen and it's still going strong. Yes, it is a lot pricier than pine shavings but the quality isn't even comparable. It's low dust, super absorbent and lasts forever. I bet I'll get 2+ years building up on this latest order. That's 2 years of happy, healthy chickens in a low odor coop. My chicken to sq ft ratio is generous so ymmv but I'd reccomend it for anyone doing deep litter!

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  76. Maura (verified owner)

    I use it for chicken bedding in my coop. I have a small flock of 13. It really absorbs well and keeps odors down. I love that it is compostable too!

  77. Kathy (verified owner)

  78. Ron Schulze (verified owner)

    Product arrived quickly and filled the deep bedding for our chickens.

  79. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The coop doesn’t smell as much as usual and the chickens are very happy laying on the soft bedding.

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  80. Martin H. (verified owner)

    Excellent stuff. Wish I could buy local and avoid shipping charges.

  81. Ava S. (verified owner)

    Very fast shipping. My chickens absolutely love it. I'm trying the deep litter method. Thanks so very much. I will order again.

  82. Pamela (verified owner)

    I’ve been using your bedding for sometime and love it. This is the first time that I have ordered it directly. I wish the shipping was less. Other than that extremely satisfied as always.

  83. Roger Knight (verified owner)

    I have been using this hemp bedding since the first day that I got my four red leghorn layers. I live in the middle of a small rural town, so odor control is essential. The hemp is practically odor and dust free. Easy to keep clean and maintain. I’ll never use anything else in my coop.

  84. Cathleen (verified owner)

  85. Pammy Hammond (verified owner)

    Better and softer than ambu brand. Much Softer . My girls and I love it!

  86. Robynne (verified owner)

    Excellent - very low dust - highly absorbent - bedding for our chickens. The price is reasonable too.

  87. Phyllis Bachus (verified owner)

    I have been raising chickens for 3 years, and on the advice of others have always used hemp for the bedding. It is pricy compared to pine shavings or other materials, but so worth it. I change it out twice a year and it never smells, and I don't have a fly problem.

  88. Diana (verified owner)

    Good product. Lower price than I've paid elsewhere.

  89. Dawn S. (verified owner)

    I use this bedding in my rat cage. It’s super comfortable for them to play and sleep on and I only have to clean out and change the bedding every two weeks.

  90. Angie (verified owner)

    This is the best bedding. It keeps the chicken coop from smelling. We just top it off every week and do a complete refresh about every 6 months.

  91. Renee P. (verified owner)

    This hemp bedding is amazing!! I bought this in preparation for the oncoming winter in the Berkshires. My chickens also love it!!

  92. Pammy Hammond (verified owner)

    I love Old Dominion bedding. I just wish it were available at the co ops here so I didn't have to pay such a huge cost in shipping because then, I'd buy mor bedding. I live in Arlington Washington and I haven't been able to find any locations where they sell your bedding. 🙁

  93. KIM G. (verified owner)

    First time using this in our chicken coop. Working great so far! Thanks!

  94. Grover Skinner (verified owner)

    Works great in our chicken coop.

  95. Jeremy Rinehart (verified owner)

    Dude, I’m so so so allergic to hey, and alfalfa. Apparently my chickens too, the problem is, I didn’t know until we jumped into chicken owning.
    This is the best bedding I’ve used hands down. Keeps smell down, absorbs anything you throw at it, doesn’t bother my allergies, and it’s small enough to sift through a litter scooper.
    If your on the fence, pull the trigger. This is the best bedding you can get for so many reasons. Old dominion hemp is doing it right!

    Pics below are 3ish weeks apart. The first picture is the one without the heater and lights in it.
    I’ve done some light duty poo pick up and turned the bedding once. Still pretty much brand new.

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  96. denise (verified owner)

    I have not had a chance to use yet but it looks great and delivery was fast!

  97. Hector C. (verified owner)

    My chickens are happy, I'm happy

  98. Pammy Hammond (verified owner)

    Old Dominion is the pinnacle of hemp bedding. I love this company and they're customer service. The only downside is I wish I could buy it locally. I hate paying the shipping cost but it's so worth it. Low dust, smells great, very soft for my girls and when it's time to clean out the coop, it goes right to my garden to make rich soil. Thank you for your awesome product. I bought hemp bedding through another company before and the quality just isn't the same. Thank you Old Dominion!👍👍😎

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  99. Sandi S. (verified owner)

    I love this bedding! I’m a new chicken owner and have been trying the deep litter method. It’s perfect! No smells. It’s got great absorption and it’s super easy to use! The company also has fabulous customer service too!

  100. Debbie Bennett (verified owner)

    Great for my chicken coop. Low dust and absorbs wonderfully.

  101. Bonnie Kennedy (verified owner)

    Love it! Small farm in Pennsylvania. I cannot find this bedding here. Paula in customer service has been incredibly accommodating and she is so appreciated! Thank you!! The chickens are happy and healthy.

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  102. Eric M. (verified owner)

    This hemp does a great job drying up the chicken manure. I rake the litter daily to mix it up to keep the litter floor clean for the ladies nightly walk to their perches. Also, it a better deal to buy direct from Old Dominion Hemp.

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  104. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Great bedding, super absorbent!

  105. Sharon (verified owner)

    This is the best bedding for my henhouse! Absorbs droppings and odor better than anything else I've tried!

  106. Diana (verified owner)

    Would never switch back to wood shavings. My coop now stays cleaner and fresher smelling. I use a cat litter scoop to remove the chicken poop every few days and add more hemp shavings as needed.

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  109. donnie parker (verified owner)

    I have used your hemp bedding before. I have an inclosed chicken run that is 60'x8'. At the other end from the coop I put two roosting bars. They like to roost on these than in the coop. The run has overhead roofing so they don't get wet. I have had this bedding for a year and a half now. I use the deep litter system.

  110. Phyllis L Herzner (verified owner)

    It's great long lasting bedding. Worth the price.

  111. Rob Chester (verified owner)

    Great Stuff!!

  112. Angela Eads (verified owner)

    Love this stuff

  113. sherry white (verified owner)

    Love the product! Wish we lived closer, hate the shipping cost

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Additional Info

Absorbs 4x Its Own Weight

Hemp is 75% cellulose and is a natural absorbent. The perfect material to keep your animal dry and happy. Yes, that’s right — four times its weight, compared to 2X for wood and paper products. This means you need to clean and change bedding less often.

Reduces Odors

When hemp bedding is used, urine goes straight to the bottom, keeping the surface clean and dry. Odors become trapped under the surface, reducing ammonia and other odors much better than wood chips or sawdust. Reducing odor helps control flies and makes a more pleasing environment for you and your animals. Perfect for a barn full of horse stalls or your backyard chicken coop!

Low Dust Means Improved Air Quality

Dust compromises the quality of air for your animal and can easily lead to breathing complications. Hemp bedding offers a low dust environment, crucial for the health of your animals. It has air pockets and excellent heat retention properties when compared to sawdust or pine shavings.

Biodegradable = Better for Animals and Planet

Hemp bedding degrades faster than most animal care products such as wood shavings and sawdust. Perfect for your garden compost. Support sustainable farming practices and help create a larger demand for Hemp. The earth and economy will thank you for it.

Additional information

Weight 33 lbs
Dimensions 28 × 15 × 9.5 in
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