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Your straw is fine. For moisture control you can add wood chips, they'll suck moisture away. Toss scratch or corn or something in the run every day, it will encourage them to scratch and keep the bedding turned over and fluffed. Don't make more work for yourself, your birds are more than happy to get some good exercise for their leg muscles and do the work for you.

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Thanks for your replies.  I do think it's probably best for me to give this a try for the sake of keeping the peace (My Dad was trying to help me and the chickens, both by adding the original pine chips and now the straw).  I will just plan to check their crops in the morning for a while.  With the straw, is continous dampness an issue  (looking at our forecast for November:caf, only three days are predicted to be entirely rain free; So, I don't think the chances of the straw drying out completely are good)? 

I've had a LOT of rain, so I put straw down in the run. I turn it throughout the week as I can, and when the week is over I have been pulling up all the straw and replacing it with fresh straw. It starts looking dingy/icky at the end of the week. Not moldy, but not fresh looking anymore.

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Originally Posted by SusanD View Post
 

Thanks for your replies.  I do think it's probably best for me to give this a try for the sake of keeping the peace (My Dad was trying to help me and the chickens, both by adding the original pine chips and now the straw).  I will just plan to check their crops in the morning for a while.  With the straw, is continous dampness an issue  (looking at our forecast for November:caf, only three days are predicted to be entirely rain free; So, I don't think the chances of the straw drying out completely are good)?

Have you found the Oregon State Chat Thread yet?

I assume there is one.....Yes there are a couple that look to be active:

advanced search>titles only>Oregon

 

You might find some 'local' assistance there help learn how to deal with your rainy run.

 

It might not dry out, but that doesn't mean it will become unhealthy.

Just keep an eye on it everyday, poke at it a bit and see what you see.

Experience is dear teacher, but the best.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thanks.  I will check the Oregon thread out.  I will also keep an eye on the straw, so we can replace it before it gets to bad.

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