Chopped Straw - Where do I find it?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dbahan, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. dbahan

    dbahan Out Of The Brooder

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    I just finished reading "Keep Chickens" by Barbara Kilarski. Great book. But in it she often refers to using chopped straw on the floor of the coop. That sounds like a great idea (maybe it won't get as matted as regular straw) but I have no idea where to get it. I asked at the Co-Op where I get my straw bales and they had no clue.
    Also, I started using cedar shavings over a month ago in the henhouse and nesting boxes before I read that it was dangerous to hens. I really like using the shavings. Have I done them damage? And am I to assume correctly that pine shavings are OK?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I never could find chopped straw, either. Pine shavings is definitely the way to go! Absorbent, nice smelling, won't hurt their lungs, etc. I use a sprinkle of cedar under the straw in the nest boxes and occasionally under the roost, but only about 20% of my total shavings, so the smell isn't overpowering.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    No idea where to get chopped straw. As for cedar shavings, get some out and replace it with pine. It damages their airways which makes them more susceptible to respiratory problems.
     
  4. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I saw it at Tractor Supply Company a while back.
     
  5. muddler6

    muddler6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would also go with the wood shavings, mine like them, but as for "CHopped" straw, you could get a bale of straw and if you have a lawn mower with a bagger on it, use that to chop it and collect it (just take out the strings first) or get a machete and go to town on the bale until it is chopped up enough for you.[​IMG]
     
  6. blevisay

    blevisay Out Of The Brooder

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    passing straw through a blower (used for lawns) or a chipper shredder should do the trick
     
  7. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy bales of straw to put down, I have an open coop so I can't really put shavings down or they'll mold. :eek:
     
  8. mirime

    mirime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:hehee [​IMG] I was gonna ask this question too - thanks for the answer, muddler!
     
  9. pixiechick

    pixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard alot of nightmare crop issues from using straw. Would chopped straw not cause the same problems?
     
  10. Stumpy

    Stumpy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Straw of any kind is almost impossible to find here.
     

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