Wood Chips Arriving

Truck Load of Wood Chips Arriving

Large wood chips make a good bedding base. We like to build deep bedding packs for our winter paddock spaces. Over the winter these compost and heat up warming the pigs’s bellies.

Smaller branch tip chips are picked out of the pack by the pigs as they like to eat those just like eating brush during the warmer months out in the pastures. Memories of warmer times.

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4 Responses to Wood Chips Arriving

  1. Bob says:


    Thank you again for spending the time on such a wonderfully informative and helpful website! I have been quoting you and recommending it widely to people I speak to.

    Do you find that it matters to your pigs what kinds of chipped trees are used in their bedding? I.e., is it always deciduous or do you take whatever is available, including a mix of deciduous and conifers, including juniper (red cedar) etc?

    Thank you


    • Having watched them get loads of various different species of trees and brush as well as observing what they nibble in the fields I would hazard that they enjoy the poplar, birch, maple, apple and other similar trees most. They also do eat the spruce and pine but that is second. They seem less interested in cedar.

  2. Bob says:

    Thank you, Walter. That is helpful. In addition to what chips they like to eat, I should have explained that I was also interested in whether or not the resins and slivers of the coniferous tree chips cause more problems for the pigs. We have just bought 60 acres in Ontario that has quite a bit of the red cedar on it, plus a lot of beautiful hardwoods. We plan to be restoring the old pastures by clearing much of the red cedar and would like to chip a lot of it for the pigs we hope to be raising.

    We are west coasters (BC) and are used to the red cedar here that has a strong resin and also is difficult to work with b/c of its slivers. I wouldn’t want to give to pigs for bedding and to be underfoot all winter. I know that what is called red cedar further east is a different tree altogether (Virginia juniper, I am told) but some of its properties (aromatic resins etc) seem somewhat similar to our red cedar and so would like to know if you have seen any problems with it.

    Thank you

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