Hay in coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jwatts, May 15, 2011.

  1. jwatts

    jwatts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is hay o.k. for chicks on the floor of there coop?
     
  2. ChickenGirl3

    ChickenGirl3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hay is OK but wood chips are so much better! [​IMG]
     
  3. MadHatcher

    MadHatcher Out Of The Brooder

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    I've never heard of anyone else doing this, but we use dry oatmeal. It absorbs all smells, keeps the chicks fluffy and warm, and it's OK if they eat it. Also it's cheap!
     
  4. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take it from me, hay is so, so horrib;le to have to clean out of a chicken coop------well, at least if you're trying to use it for the "deep-litter method". Oatmeal sounds interesting, although it's not cheap around here at all. I'm using wood shavings from now on.
     
  5. Lady EE

    Lady EE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hear aspen shavins are best, but pine is fine, only never use it with chicks. Cedar is toxic. I don't think hay is good either. Overall I think it's aspen.
     
  6. MyShunshyn

    MyShunshyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand,

    We have used sand in our brooder and plan on sand in the coop......... absorbs moisture... dries out poo so it can just be raked up and taken to the compost.
    a free source of Grit and Dust Baths, and the Chickens seem to love it.

    So far Sand it is for me!
     
  7. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using pine shavings with my chicks since i got them. No Problems and it absorbs very well!
     
  8. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone use shredded paper?
     
  9. forestrymom

    forestrymom Out Of The Brooder

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    What about sawdust? We have TONS of it, and dh wants to use it in the chicken coop and goat barn, but I'm skeptical. Its pine and fir mixed.
     
  10. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on here that sawdust wasn't good for chicks but I don't know about chickens. My sister used to use it in here goat barn though. Seemed to work good.
     

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