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hay or straw? help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ksct, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been using shavings from TSC for the floor of the coop but I like to use straw in the nest boxes......
    should we be using straw or hay? I THOUGHT there was something mentioned on here somewhere about that but I can't seem to find it. Does it matter? We get bales from a farmer we know locally but I don't know if we should be using straw or hay? does it matter?
    Thanks!!!!
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Hay will get moldy faster than straw. Straw would be better than hay.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've always used hay. I get it at a neighbor's house. I change it out once a week - more often if necessary - and my coop is very dry, so I've never had a problem with using it.
     
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  4. JanieMarie

    JanieMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw but have used hay in a pinch. Much prefer the straw. Hay seems to mat down too much and not as absorbent. IMO
     
  5. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    Hay is generally much more expensive than straw, as it is primarily intended as a feed source for horses, cows, etc. Straw is a "waste product", relatively cheap, and ideal for animal bedding.
     
  6. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:hope this isnt considered a hyjack...sorry if it is..

    Is there a reason you shouldn't use the shavings in the nest boxes also? That's what is in ours...is this a bad idea for some reason?
     
  7. cap1717

    cap1717 6 chooks, 1 slave. . . me!

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    It's not bad. . . I use a mix of shavings and straw, mostly because the hens have too much fun with the straw and end up throwing it out of the nest boxes!
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I use hay because I can seldom find straw around here. Bermuda hay works well in nest boxes provided you don't allow it to get wet much.

    .....Alan.
     
  9. i buy regular baled hay , and if itdoesn't rain every day I try to clean my coop at least once a month. Today has been the first time in almost 3 months EVERYTHING has dried out enought to really clean the coop. I use pieces of tin under the roost to catch the poop on the hay, easier to remove and dump in garden, wash the tin and replace with new hay, I use lots of DE on the new hay and nests so any mites or anything gets de covered. marrie
     
  10. HippieChickens

    HippieChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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