Does anyone use straw as bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mamaginabean, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. mamaginabean

    mamaginabean In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2009
    I'm so sorry if this is a stupid question- but does anyone use straw as bedding? And why not? Where do you get the pine shavings? I can get a bag from Meijer, but it's marketed for small critters like rats and guinea pigs and is kind of spendy- there's got to be a cheaper source. Thanks in advance!
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I use straw for my grown birds. The shavings are cheaper at a farm/feed store. I go to southern states or tractor supply.

    But I LOVE Meijer....miss it terribly since we moved to NC. Nothing here but Walmart and food lion!!!
  3. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    For inside the house for use in brooders I always will pay the $ for pine shavings it's well worth it for the chickies! Now I also always use straw in the outside coops for bedding & floors. In my mind straw is not only cheaper but it is also good on the feet to block excess moister. But I always use hay in the nesting boxes.
  4. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Songster

    Aug 7, 2008
    Sandusky County,Ohio
    I used it in the past but have since switched to wood shavings.More expensive but completly worth it.Our coop doesn't seem to get as stinky,easier to clean,less bugs.Mites can hide in the straw.Eggs are cleaner when I collect them.List goes on and on but you get my point.Just try it and I swear you wont go back to straw:)
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I use straw in the coop because I get it for free.
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    I have switched from wood chips to mainly straw for my chicks and goslings/ducklings.

    The chicks do fine with it (they don't seem interested in eating it, just digging in it). The goslings/ducklings on the other hand chow down on it. As a result, I bought some good quality hay that I mix with the straw. The chicks are fine with this and try to find some seeds in it while the goslings/ducks eat lots (come to think of it, I think all they do all day is eat, drink, and poop!). In fact, I have to completely change the waterfowl part of the coop every two days and on the odd days all the straw around their water. Messy (but cute) birds!

    I did up the chick starter to 20% protein to ensure they get adequate protein, and i made sure they have grit to help digest any roughage they eat. I don't know if its necessary with the chicks, but the waterfowl definitely need grit with all the straw they consume.

    The wood chips I bought (only pine, no cedar which can make them sick) from Tractor supply. I think it was something like $4.85 for a big, compressed bag of it.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2009
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I use wheat straw, and rake it out, compost it every 2 weeks. Works well for me, and keeps the compost pile happy.
  8. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I use hay in my coop.
  9. I use pine straw because i already got it my yard, so its free and it gives the chickens something to scratch at...

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