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 Post subject: Re: Coco Coir
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:44 pm 
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sorry, i have no sensible thoughts, i'm still giggling at the piccie. Rach's best effort to date I think!!

I do like the idea of using it to soak up puddles, actually. I could pull off a few pieces and just chuck it in, and watch manky clay puddles turn into nice loose fluffy stuff that the chooks will spread across the pen.

Esp. in this rain.

HMMMM. And there's a Bunnings trip planned for Friday ...


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:47 pm 
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Nursery supply outlets are the best place to get Coco if you have one nearby IA; about 1/4 the price.

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excellent cartoon rachel!!

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madhun - I might do, and will look it up in the new year. I don't mind using Bunnings/Magnet Mart as stopgap/trial solutions cos they are kinda handy though :)


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Glad you all like the cartoon :wink:

I'll be picking up some coco coir myself. Top idea! And a shovel, just in case.

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I'm pleased to report the coco coir works really well, we have had ridiculous amounts of rain here recently and I mixed about 15-20 litres of coco coir with a bale of pea straw, (actually I just dropped it in the corner and the girls did the rest), and now they are all high and dry. Its very light and "springy" and expands to absorb excess moisture in the pen; it will be a regular addition to the deep litter now.

It'd make for a great potting mix once it's been fertilised by the girls!

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Thanks for the reminder - I actually found one very elderly brick of the stuff and will trial it in one of the soggier pens. We've had stupid amounts of rain here recently and I'm about to embark on some pen re-arrangements so this could be very helpful indeed.


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Thanks for the reminder - I actually found one very elderly brick of the stuff and will trial it in one of the soggier pens. We've had stupid amounts of rain here recently and I'm about to embark on some pen re-arrangements so this could be very helpful indeed.


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What a brilliant idea. I love coir peat for my garden beds, and normally dig the chicken scratchings into it. Now I shall get the girls to do it for me!

I'm sure if one wanted to avoid the delightfully illustrated situation, one could expand the stuff, dry it then use it.

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I think, but I don't know, that it would shrink again if you dried it. Mine hasn't gotten to dry out yet. it has been too wet.

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claudicles wrote:
I think, but I don't know, that it would shrink again if you dried it. Mine hasn't gotten to dry out yet. it has been too wet.


It can dry out again, but will just sit there mixed with the straw until it rains again. It will also wick any moisture out of the ground and stay relatively fluffy. If you were wanting to use it as a stand alone substrate I would go for the coarser varieties.

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It may lose some bulk but it doesn't really shrink when dry. They pack it using a special machine to get it into those bricks.

We have heavy clay soils here so the pure organic matter is great.

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Madhun, the wicking is part of the reason I like it. It keeps the stuff around it from becoming fetid. Shairlyn, true, it won't be as small as the bailed stuff. I don't actually think the increase in volume is that big a deal. I guess it depends on how you use it. I just throw a bit off the compressed bail into the puddles so it never expands beyond the size of the puddle anyway. It just makes the puddles less disgusting when you tread in them with crocs on. :shock:

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:rofl: :rofl: Just saw this thread - you made me crack up Rach!! :claps:

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It must have been fate that I read this thread last night. It was a little bit rainy when I read it, and this morning after raining all night, ha;f the chook yard was flooded. Thank goodness inside the coop was dry - I just extended it to make more room for the chicks, and that the yard is massive (20m x 10m) so there is still dry ground in there.

I had a dash to bunnings at 7am, bought 15 brick size and one of the big blocks, but after throwing them in the biggest puddles, it doesnt look enough. I'll have to get more at lunchtime.


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