Anyone use Straw?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by nuttyredhead, May 20, 2010.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    I had heard from a friend that straw is great in the coop, does anyone use it? She said it is easy to clean.

    Any thoughts? I was thinking if i am going to use it in the coop when they move outside i should be using it inside, to get them used to it!

  2. SunAngel

    SunAngel Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I have been using straw in all of my coops for over a year now and like it much better than shavings. I started using it because a friend gave us 30 bales for free and that sure beat $6 a bag at TSC for shavings. When I clean the coop and put fresh straw down, the chickens are in total heaven, they love scratching through it. I doubt I will switch back to anything else, unless my straw supplier stops giving us any lol.
  3. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    I too have been using straw. I pay about $6.00 per bale and when I clean it out I put it in my compost heap and mix it in. It breaks down nicely. [​IMG]
  4. magistradomina

    magistradomina Songster

    Mar 6, 2010
    Where I live.
    We use a mixture of straw and shavings. The chicks love it! Just be sure that the straw isn't really dusty and that you clean it out regularly.[​IMG]
  5. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    I've always used straw, I find it alot less messy then pine shavings.
  6. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    Thanks for your responses!!! I have read alot about bugs in the straw? Any way to avoid this? How often do you change it completely? Where do you get your straw?

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