hay or saw dust

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jack bache, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. jack bache

    jack bache Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2011
    hay is sow dust better for chickens or ay and why? [​IMG]
  2. kichohana

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Johnston County, NC
    what are the hay or sawdust for? nesting? floor covering? coop or run flooring?

    i have wood shavings for coop flooring and nest box filler. i have a covered run that has a 5-6" deep sand base. their outside uncovered run is just plain old dirt.

    hay/straw (from what i hear) can impact a chicken's crop it they try to eat it. it can also harbor mites.

    sawdust? well, my chickens make enough dust of their own - so i would now recommend adding dust of any kind. [​IMG]
  3. LeasureChix

    LeasureChix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Medford OR
    Wood stove pellets. They are super absorbent, clean and fresh. They do their best work wet. Fluffs up and becomes a very nice sawdust. I have used the pellets in next boxes and on the ground. I've switched to grass hay in the next boxes but I keep plenty of bags of the wood stove pellets around for the bottom of coops or anywhere I have mud. They are like magic!

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