[Market-farming] Peat as animal bedding.

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Thu Dec 25 19:07:16 EST 2008

It is far more absorbent than wood shavings, and I think figured out per
total usage more economical. Also (yes there are other issues to this, but)
you don't have to wait for the wood shavings to breakdown to use it on
plants. It can be spread and turned in. The downside is that everything in
the brooder/hen house is covered in a layer of dark dust. The water has a
layer of dark dust. The water has peat in it. Sometimes the eggs (wood
shavings in the nest boxes) have a layer of dark dust - it brushes off
easily. People spreading it will be breathing it. Actually, you don't need
to spread it - spreading it is chicken entertainment.

Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead
Peru NY
"How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." -
Wendell Berry
"Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty." - Frances
Moore Lappe
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Subject: [Market-farming] Peat as animal bedding.

. We use most
> of it for chicken bedding, but some mixed with compost, etc for plants.
> Beth Spaugh
> Rehoboth Homestead
> Peru NY
Shortage of wood by-products for livestock bedding is becoming more and more

of a problem, even here where most of Maines farmland has gone back to 

I have been doing some research as to the use of peat for bedding and come 
up with  some stuff from Europe and Canada, but zero from the U.S.

I would like to hear of any experience or information you might have as to 
th uses of peat.


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