hay in the run

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CraziChickLady, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. CraziChickLady

    CraziChickLady In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2012
    North Carolina
    ok i have a quick question, new to owning chickens and just thought i would ask about this. i got a bail of hay and put it in my chicken run and they love it! they scratch at it and lay on it, my question is, what happens if it gets wet, the run is covered but rain can still get in thru the sides , i dont want them laying on it if its wet, should i get rid of the old hay and get new hay?

    Also..kinda off subject lol but i have a coop with the nest box connected to the side and my girls are around 5 months old so they havent stared laying yet. Soon i hope. but when they go to bed at night they sleep in what is supose to be there nest box! what do i do?

  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I use straw or hay in my uncovered run, there has never been a problem with it being wet.

    Block off the boxes until they start laying, that way they will get used to sleeping on the perches instead. You do not need to open them until you start seeing eggs.
  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Do they have a roost to get on at night?It should be higher than the nest box. You might have to physically put them on it at night so that they get the idea. In regards to the hay, I wouldn't use it outside. It is going to become a mess when it gets wet and very hard to clean up. I use sand in my run. :thumbsupt
  4. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.

  5. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  7. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    Hello and welcome to BYC from Kentucky! So happy you joined.


  8. happy call duck

    happy call duck In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2012
    Isle of wight England
    Hello and welcome, I have just started a few monthe ago. i did have roost's but my girls don't use them they all go to sleep in the hay i have put down for them, is this a bad thing as they seem very happy
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

  10. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    Hi, welcome! it sounds like you left it as a whole bale? I give mine a flake or two when they can't go out and free range, it can get messy
    when it gets wet, but I don't think it is that hard to clean up. I am not using it for flooring, just to keep them from being too bored.
    I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!

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