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Trying to get round to putting my girls onto bark chippings. Need some assitance to get my husband off the sofa to help. But am I making a mistake? There seems to be a lot of talk about aubiose and hemcore. What is it? Should I be using it? And where can I buy citronella oil from? :?

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There are a lot of threads about Aubiose and Hemcore on the site (try doing a search and you will find plenty) I chose Hemcore as it contains Citronella but as I am only a novice so I don`t know how it will be. I have laid it in my run and covered the run with a plastic shower curtain to keep it dry. Apparently it is very moisture retentive and the Citronella helps deter flies etc. I looked up my local stockist on the Hemcore website. A large bale cost less than £7.00 and it is wrapped in a plastic outer which makes it user friendly if you are going to only need a little at a time. I do have bark (chunky play size) around my run but thought it would take too long to rot down in my compost bin if I used it inside the run.

 

Hope this helps a bit.

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I started off with bark chips, but they became muddy and mulchy far too quick. So I now use easy bed - bought from a horsey place. Excellent stuff and a bag / bale does me 4 run clean outs! I clean the run out totally about once a month. More if it gets too compacted. It's nice and clean looking for ages & the chooks love lying in it & chucking it all over their backs! I've made a skirt for my run to prevent them chucking outside of the run, but you can easily brush & shovel it up and chuck it back in for them.

The very first few months of me having the chooks ( last year), I had them on bark chips from Focus DIY. They were awfullly wet. The better bark chips were from Lidl - believe it or not!

 

But I'd go for easy bed, Aubiose or Hemcore if you can!

 

Emma.x

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Citronella oil £3.95 inc postage for a large bottle at http://www.neph-aromatics.co.uk/special_offers.htm

 

 

It's an irritant so dont get too much on your skin - but it smells great and keeps flies away. I drip 6-8 drips on the roosting bars and poo trays and it really works.

 

Works in the house too but smells very strong. If your outside having a BBQ drip a few drips on a nightlight/tealight inside a jam jar so it wont blow out and that will keep flies away from your table.

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We started with bark, but it got all wet and slimy. Now we use hard wood chippings (from B&Q at the moment) and they seem to be working fine.

 

Since we have been adding 5 dried garlic pieces to each glug the smell of the poo has reduced and so have the flies. (The girls do love chasing the remaining flies though.)

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Since we have been adding 5 dried garlic pieces to each glug the smell of the poo has reduced and so have the flies.

 

I've tried adding a fresh garlic clove to our Glug. Each day we've come home to find it either flung out on the floor or disappeared completely - presumably eaten(!)

 

Do they get on better with dried garlic do you think?

 

Rob

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I started mixing dried garlic in with their pellets, but they ate around it. Bought a large tub of garlic powder (from a horsey shop) but the smell is unbearable! :shock:

 

I love garlic, but even I can't mix it in with their pellets! :roll:

 

I tried putting cloves in their water but Babs ate it all! :roll::lol:

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Sarah,

My local horsey shop sells Auboise and Hemcore. I'm still ploughing my way through bale one and I decided to buy Auboise which I just use in the poo tray and nest box. It is great stuff - but I might give Hemcore a go next. Although when I asked in the shop if Hemcore had citronella in it, they looked at me as if I was mad and said they didn't have a clue....!

 

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Chris & Rob,

Last week, after reading posts on here extolling the virtues of garlic, I bought a 500g plastic tub of NAF Garlic Powder (for horses) from the same horsey shop. It cost £4.95. I am playing around with quantities in their drinking water. First day the wouldn't touch it and chose dirty water around the garden. Now I put in a minute amount with the water. It stinks, but the chickens now drink their garlic water. I'm not sure yet if it works and their poo smells less or am I just thinking that it does because I'm using this stuff. Not sure, the jury is still out on this one....but I will plough my way through the tub anyway.

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Thanks for the photo. I'm trying the chickens on very smelly bark chippings at the moment. But I think I might get some hemcore for they're nesting box and poo tray. Then use it in there run. I noticed on the hemcore website it says to wet it. Do you have to do that for chickens? I thought it was supposed to be easy chicken keeping. :D

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Some types of hemcore do have citronella added to keep flies off, but it must be in very small quantities, because it's almost undetectable! I add a few drops of citronella and eucalyptus oils myself. No flies here.

 

I mix garlic flakes into my chooks' pellets, they eat most of it and their poo definitely seems to smell less. You can also add it to some pellets/mash, oats, bran, olive oil and citricidal, mix it with water to make a porridge and watch them wolf it down.

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I found some Hemcore on Ebay. The lady selling it was a tortoise keeper but I don`t think she sells bales, just small amounts. Might be worth a search if you just wanted to try a little but remember a whole bale is less than £7.00 from a dealer via the Hemcore website.

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The g/pig thing I'm not sure about. But a lot of people on here seem to swear by hemcore and amboise. I haven't used it yet myself. But plan to once I've used the bark chippings. I think most people who use tend to keep their run covered with a shower curtain. :D But if you go on the hemcore website it does say to wet it first anyway. So if it does get wet I imagine it becomes like a cake. I sure you'll get advice from someone whoes used it. :lol:

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I started mixing dried garlic in with their pellets, but they ate around it. Bought a large tub of garlic powder (from a horsey shop) but the smell is unbearable! :shock:

 

I love garlic, but even I can't mix it in with their pellets! :roll:

 

I tried putting cloves in their water but Babs ate it all! :roll::lol:

 

I don't know what the horsey garlic is / where I would get it. Could you use garlic powder used in cooking? I do like the idea of using fresh garlic.

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