Can You Use Hay With Mold In It For Bedding ? Need Answers Quick!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by yankeedoodle300, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Can You Use Hay With Mold In It For Bedding ? I Need to know Fast if you Can. I Don't Want them to Eat it, Just for Bedding.

    Will it Make them Sick? The don't Eat there Pine Shaving to much,But what About the Hay?

    I Am Making Winter Changes Such as Switching to Corn, and Maybe a Heater... But Can You Use Hay With Mold In It For Bedding ???
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011

  2. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Do not use it.

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2011
  3. Joz

    Joz Songster

    Jun 8, 2009
    MidCity, New Orleans
    I wouldn't, even if they don't eat it. The mold spores will get into the air of the relatively enclosed coop, and could cause respiratory problems.

    Moldy hay isn't good for much other than compost.
  4. yankeedoodle300

    yankeedoodle300 Songster

    Jul 22, 2011
    Chicken Heaven
    Ok, Thanks For the Warning. I Was About to Put Some in my girlz Coop. Thanks Again!

  5. karlamaria

    karlamaria Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    Nope. Not good for them at all. Mold spores etc. Yuck
  6. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Songster

    Jun 15, 2011
    No! I wouldn't!!
  7. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Quote:Never use anything moldy with your animals.

    They don't need a heater, they wear down coats and will be fine.

    You can give some corn for added energy for body heat, but don't switch to feeding only corn. Keep them on their regular feed and water.

  8. Mendin Fences

    Mendin Fences In the Brooder

    Dec 6, 2010
    Don't do it. Can you get straw instead? My chickens go nuts over fresh straw bedding, scratching and pecking for any oats they may find still in the hulls.
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Songster

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Mold is one of the largest killers settling in the lungs. It needs to be just moist, warm and a place to grow. The mold in hay is usually black mold and you can put 1 million living spores on the head of a needle. NO NO NO do not feed it or have it near your chickens !!!!!!

  10. kittycooks

    kittycooks Chirping

    Not only is it bad for your chickens, it is bad for you and your family as well! Compost it and look for dry straw.

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