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

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    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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