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

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

    kichohana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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