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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jack bache, Dec 7, 2011.
hay is sow dust better for chickens or ay and why?
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.
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!