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 Post subject: Coco Coir
PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Has anyone every tried coco coir as a bedding in a chook run?

You can buy 50lt bails of the stuff for about $40 which expand to about 400ltr of material; mixed with chicken droppings and a bail of well tilled pea straw etc, you'd have a substrate that would grow just about anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Coco Coir
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that sounds like a right good idea!! :thumbs:

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Is this the stuff that expands when water is added? I think I used it early on when I had some spare stuff, but haven't used it since ...


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infoaddict wrote:
Is this the stuff that expands when water is added? I think I used it early on when I had some spare stuff, but haven't used it since ...


It does indeed.

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So to use it as chook house bedding, do you mix it with water for expansion? Or just fluff it up out of the bale?

I'm having a mental image of using it dry, and several inches thick in the chook house. Then it rains and the chook house is full! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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Melinda_B wrote:
So to use it as chook house bedding, do you mix it with water for expansion? Or just fluff it up out of the bale?

I'm having a mental image of using it dry, and several inches thick in the chook house. Then it rains and the chook house is full! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


:lol: :lol: You would have to use it dry and just fluff it up manually.

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 Post subject: Re: Coco Coir
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:rofl: :claps:

great cartoon!

I have used it in small amounts. My run roof is wire so with heavy rain things can get sodden. I throw some of the stuff into the puddles, which is mostly where the girls dustbath. It does seem to rot down pretty quickly but my run is basically a big compost bin. If yours is drier it will probably last longer. I have a couple of bails (little ones) on hand for heavy rains. I was using rice hulls but the coco coir is easier to transport, carry store etc if I just want some on hand.

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Awesome Rach! :claps: :claps: :claps:

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I'd be concerned about a chook or two deciding they liked the taste of the stuff, and then having it swell inside them.

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:rofl: :rofl: Love the cartoon!

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The mind boggles! A wonderful talent you have there 70%cocoa!

A link to this thread is now in the photo details - as soon as I saw it uploaded I knew where it was heading! :lol:


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Hehe, love the cartoon.

Is Coco coir the same thing as coco peat or coir peat? Does anyone know a good place to get it from in Melbourne?
I have never heard of it, it sounds great for the garden and the chooks


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70%cocoa wrote:
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:thumbs: Thanks for the belly laugh!

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buttercup wrote:
Hehe, love the cartoon.

Is Coco coir the same thing as coco peat or coir peat? Does anyone know a good place to get it from in Melbourne?
I have never heard of it, it sounds great for the garden and the chooks


Pretty much, there are a couple of different grades, you could get the course grade if you were worried about potential for ingestion.

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