Hay or Straw in run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joanm, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

    780
    1
    161
    May 13, 2007
    Now that mowing season is over, my chickens will miss the grass clippings I throw in the run. Does anyone put straw or hay in their run? Which is better? I hate they don't have anything to scratch around in.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    As long as it doesn't get wet in the run, I'd use straw. Either way, they both mold though and can harbor yuckies!
     
  3. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    325
    2
    141
    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I put hay in my run year round and they like it. I put it very light. Do you know wht I should put in the coop on the floor? The hay does not seem to work well in the coop
     
  4. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    325
    2
    141
    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Yeah after a rain I rake it all up because of the mold that can grow as well as the smell
     
  5. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Use pine shavings in the coop, it helps to control mites and lice, also sprinkle it liberally with FOOD GRADE DE.

    You can buy a big bag of pine shavings from WalMart in the pet dept.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007
  6. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

    780
    1
    161
    May 13, 2007
    Hay it is. There is no rain in our forcast for a week!

    Antadeta, I use pine shavings mixed with DE
     
  7. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    325
    2
    141
    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Thank you very much. I have some DE on order and should get it this week.
     
  8. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    958
    1
    161
    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    I use sand in the run, it seems to work find and is easy to clean and no mold.
     
  9. Iluvmychickens

    Iluvmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    325
    2
    141
    Jun 27, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Walmart didnt have Pine Shavings so I got Cedar Shavings is that ok?
     
  10. joanm

    joanm Chillin' With My Peeps

    780
    1
    161
    May 13, 2007
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2007

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by