I have this chicken coop and we have 5 week old chicks and they will go outside in a week
but the chicken coop is on dirt and im wondering
Should we get some Hay and line the ground with it? or is the hard dirt fine?
I use straw. (did you mean "straw" instead of "hay"?) It turns to a nice mulch after a few months. The hens love spreading it and scratching through it. They get excited when they see me coming into the coop with a fresh bale in my arms. They get a lot of exercise and find a lot of bugs and worms when they dig through the straw. I live in NC and straw works well for me where I live. It doesn't work in all areas.
Does the coop itself have pine shavings in it? I had the same question when I started my little chicken farm =) What to put in the little run under the coop?? I started with straw but they scratch so much and it made a huge mess in the first 3 days that I had them locked up in the coop to get used to it. After I started letting them out in my yard I cleaned out their little run that's attached to the coop and left it clean. I do have grass growing there but my chickens roam my yard freely all day long and they are not even interested in pecking at the grass in the coop run. I also like to keep their water and feed outside of their coop in the little run. So the straw made a mess in the food and water. Now that I don't have anything it stays clean. It also is easier to clean as I just spray the grass with the hose if they poop there. So I vote plain ground =)
Grass is fine -- unless they eat too much and get an impacted crop. Trouble is, occasionally one will get an impacted crop from straw or hay as well -- and gobs of people use both.
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