Adding Hay with Deep Litter Method?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dark Dozens, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Dark Dozens

    Dark Dozens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2010
    Berkshire County, MA
    I've seen that a lot of people add hay to keep their chickens comfortable in the winter. I'm using the deep litter method. Should I still add hay or are the chickens going to be fine with the wood shavings? The shavings are pretty deep 6" - 12". The coop is insulated and I'm adding even more ventilation this weekend. I'm just trying to do everything I can to keep them comfortable.
  2. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I would not add hay over/with my pine shavings litter. Hay holds moisture, and you don't want that, especially during winter. I do add food-grade diatomaceous earth to my litter though to keep it dry.

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