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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Angel16, Feb 20, 2013.
I was wondering do chickens like hay? and if they do is it good to give it to them?
I started using hay at first, but switched to pine chips. Chips are way easier to keep clean. Poop just sits on hay, plus I don't think chickens have a preference.
Okay! did the chickens eat the hay when you had it?
Nope, just flattened it out lol
HHAA! i would of thought they might eat it! how funny! what is best to put in the nesting boxes, straw, hay, or pine shavings?
I use hay as a base then add pine shavings. Keeps them clean!
I could never keep our hens off the hay when my birds free ranged. We'd bring in the truck with a ton of hay on it, park and go in the house for a minute before unloading, and come out to a ton of hay covered with chickens! And they were always in the barn, eating seeds from the hay.
Some folks have had birds get bad crops from eating hay. I've never had a problem, and my birds all have access to hay.
I use hay or shavings in the nest box, just depending on what I have. I wouldn't buy hay for a nest box, because hay is food, not bedding. I only use it cause I already have it for the girl horses and just pick up the loose stuff off the floor. If I've just bought shavings, I use shavings. The birds do tend to make more of a mess with the hay in the nest box, but as I said they're looking for food. straw vs shavings is just personal preferance.
Our chickens are always around hay that is in the goat house. I suppose that you could use hay for nesting material since it can be somewhat soft but it does hold tend to hold moisture. My first choice is pine chips and or a little straw. I cut old carpet squares for some of the boxes and then pine chips on that.