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hay vs straw in the coop/run

post #1 of 5
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Seems I read somewhere that hay was a bad thing as the chickens can gorge on it and get impacted. Can find that now so im asking here. Reason is that 3 or 4 times a year I till the run and bust a bale of straw over the freshly tilled earth. Chickens have a grand time for 4 or 5 days and it helps keep things from getting so compacted -well I can get "too old to feed horses" coastal hay for half the price of straw. So...straw or cheap hay?
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post #2 of 5

I use hay for bedding sometimes and it seems to be good, the only problem is that it gets very hard to clean out, but if you are tilling it then it should be fine.

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post #3 of 5
I use grass hay, I always provide it during the winter as forage.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 5
We use hay in the nesting boxes and straw (along with leaves, grass clippings & pine needles) in the run. We haven't had any problems.
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post #5 of 5

They might be more likely to gorge on hay than on straw....just watch em.

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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