Do Japanese just throw out the rice hulls / husks?

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Do Japanese just throw out the rice hulls / husks?

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Living in the Inaka I’m seeing a ton of husks bagged up in clear bags just sitting in random places. Are they just throwing it out?

Could be good for chickens and goats as well as raised garden beds

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Post by Zasso Nouka »

If it's bagged up then it's not being chucked out, it's either for sale or already promised to someone else. Folk that don't want it burn it right after harvesting.

Momigara has a lot of uses, animal farms will generally take as much as they can get. Some vegetable farms will mix it in the soil, many people will turn it into biochar, we use it as a mulch to suppress weeds and keep soil warm or cool depending on the season plus loads of other uses.

Not sure about goats but chickens generally don't eat it, they will scratch through it looking for whole rice grains to eat.

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We use it as bedding in the chicken coop and run. Great stuff. And free. :D

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Yeah it's great for bedding, same with sawdust if you have a local sawmill in the area.
Zasso Nouka wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2024 6:27 pm
chickens generally don't eat it, they will scratch through it looking for whole rice grains to eat.
Our chickens seem to eat it, unless they're treading it well into the ground or something because it vanishes quite quickly.
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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 11:14 pm
Yeah it's great for bedding, same with sawdust if you have a local sawmill in the area.
I never thought of asking our local lumber yards for sawdust, that would be awesome to get hold of a load.
DocDoesFarming wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2024 11:14 pm
Our chickens seem to eat it, unless they're treading it well into the ground or something because it vanishes quite quickly.
Chickens can be odd creatures at times so maybe yours developed a taste for momigara :lol: