Hardwood Wood Chips for use as a surface in poultry runs. Sustainable, eco-friendly, and natural; this is the answer to 'what do I put on the floor of my chicken run'?
The chickens love it; it keeps them clean, gives them something to scratch in all day long, washes through with the rain and only needs changing perhaps once or twice a year. See Specifications for volume/weight/particle size.
You can watch our Video on Changing your Hardwood Woodchip
If your hens have a fixed run, and they are scratching at bare earth or splashing about in the mud, sprinkle a good layer of hardwood woodchip in their run and you will have happy hens!
Much better than bark, which we do not advise because of the mould spores, and bark does become slushy after the rain; softwood would degrade very quickly and just work its way into the mud hardwood woodchip though will just sit on top of the ground and can easily withstand all weathers.
Even though it is a 'hardwood' it is still soft enough for the birds and best replicates the surfaces of their ancestral roots from the jungle. We have found this woodchip is an absolutely perfect surface for chicken runs.
Hints & Tips:
For getting the best out of your Woodchip see Using Hardwood Woodchip in your Chicken Run
Woodchip is often damp when bagged so the weight of the bag will vary (sometimes by up to 5kg), however, the bags are 50 litre bags so the volume in the bags is always the same no matter how wet.
If ordering large quantities of woodchip to store for later use (very economical if you have the space to store them), then we do advise making sure there are air holes in the stored bags to allow moisture to escape and prevent sweating inside the plastic bags, which can produce (harmless) moulds.
Flyte so Fancy Woodchips have a nominal 10-40mm particle size and conforms to British standard BS:EN1177:2008. They do not contain recycled wood waste or bark mulch.
Hardwood Woodchips are produced from sustainably harvested British forests. FSC Certificate No CU-COC-806457. The product shall have been tested in accordance with the requirements of BS4790:1987 for fire resistance and be classified as having low potential to burn.
These Handy Bags weigh approx 15-20kg, depending on the moisture content of woodchips at the time of bagging i.e. the seasonal variations. By volume they are 50 Litres.
Estimate one sack will cover approx 10 sq ft with a 2-3in depth (To clarify: 10 sq feet is an area of 10ft by 1ft or 1metre by 1metre).To calculate your run area:- length times width divided by 10 equals the number of bags you need. So a 9ft x 9ft run would need 8 bags (9 x 9 = 81, divide by 10 = 8).
Standard delivery via courier is next working day to most mainland UK destinations for orders placed before 2pm (excl. weekends and bank holidays).
For delivery via DPD courier (less than 10 bags) we have to pack each bag into a cardboard box - everything has to be boxed for DPD to accept it unfortunately. We try and use recycled boxes where possible.
Note: Delivery for a single bag to most UK destinations is £8.99 (due to weight); 2 bag delivery is £11.50; 3 bags is £16.50 and so on. See options for 10+ bags delivered by pallet where delivery starts from £45 for the pallet delivery.
The perfect flooring for poultry runs
Excellent product - with all the rain lately our chicken run was turning into a muddy mess and the wood chip has returned it to a pleasant place for our hens to scratch around in without needing wellies! Ordering and delivery were easy and on time. Thank you
Perfect handy size bags of woodchip for the chicken runs. Literally the only place I can get it at a good price.
I have ordered these hardwood chips for my chickens many times. Excellent quality, fast delivery and even better that it’s supporting an independent business
Always order this for my chicken runs - keeps their feet mud free in Winter.