I'm working on getting some chickens hatched in a week or so. They will be kept in a brooder with newspaper shreds for bedding for a couple of weeks, but after that I had some questions.
My first layer in their pen will be shavings and straw. After that I wondered if it's okay for them to get hay? I believe they will break it up and scratch through it just like anything else, but I wanted to make sure they weren't going to have any problems with it.
My chickens will be kept in the garage for the winter (winters here might be too harsh with them so young). I will provide them with a tub of dirt for them to dust bath in (any suggestions on that?). I have a whole round bale of hay in my garage and I thought I would use it on them to deep litter them until spring and then move them outside.
Thanks for the help!