It’s early February in Anchorage, Alaska, and I ran out of chicken coop bedding! Normally, I save all the birch leaves from our yard the previous fall And I tuck those away and pull out a bag whenever I need it. But we ran out. So I had to do something embarrassing…I had to buy chicken coop bedding. My local mill & feed store just started stocking a local hemp chicken coop bedding. Which is actually really neat. From what I can tell, it looks like it’s very, very fine straw or wood chips. And the pamphlet they gave me along with it said that it’s multiple times over more absorbent than traditional wood chips or straw. Now keep in mind, this is after a few snow falls. (chicken clucking noises) I just took a peek at their coop, and it is time for a new layer of bedding. Alright – I’ll show you what it looks like when it comes from the store. Hemp chicken coop bedding. Mine came in a big, dense brick like this. It was very compacted. And as soon as you start to work with it, it loosens up. To me, it’s very light. It’s very fluffy. I have pretty sensitive hands. When I do gardening work, I usually wear gloves. And I don’t feel any kinds of splinters. There’s nothing pokey. Because wood chips would normally be bothering my hands by this point. You have all of those small wood chips and sharp splinters of wood. I don’t feel that at all. It’s a nice, very light and absorbent feeling material. Let’s go throw another layer on the chicken coop… When I throw down the hemp bedding, I don’t worry too much about getting it perfectly even everywhere. Because I found that the chickens actually really like scratching through it. It you throw clumps around, they’ll do a nice job of evening it out for you over the next day or two. The thermometer said 28 degrees Fahrenheit today, so It’s definitely not too cold for them to be running running outside, getting some exercise. Right now we’re getting only about one egg a day. But again, it’s February. Daylight is low, so that’s typical. Not concerning at all. We’ve got a queue line backed up Trying to get in and check out the new bedding. I’ll show you again what it looks like. It’s very light, very fluffy. And it’s been quite absorbent. And the chickens seem to love it. My overall review on chicken hemp bedding…would I get it again? Yes, I absolutely would. But as soon as I get another round of dried birch leaves, I’m definitely going to be switching back to something that’s free. I hate paying for things I can find for free in my own yard. Whenever you can find something for free in nature, already on your own space, that’s the way to go. Thank you for watching! And if you’re looking for a new variety of chicken coop bedding to try, I would recommend the hemp.