Hay, Straw, wood chips,..help me decide

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dar, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    I know there has been a lot of talk on what to use for bedding...

    Currently I am using wood chips but it is getting to expensive.

    I can get hay for $1.90 a bale but i remember that either hay OR straw can cause a crop impaction but i cant find the thread [​IMG]

    any suggections? [​IMG]
     
  2. lux_interior

    lux_interior Songster

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    I use straw.... and some wood chips... I don't remember which causes the compacting though... hopefully someone else will have the link [​IMG]
     
  3. I use pine shavings in the coop and nesting boxes. I also sprinkle & mix a little DE to keep the odor and smell down.

    Good luck [​IMG]
     
  4. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    hay and straw get too wet for me here, and they like to eat it...so I stick with pine chips; they are $5.49 for a huge bag of top bedding. Using DLM I dont have to replace the bedding that often and usually go through a bag every 2 months or therebouts.

    Hay / straw here is pricier than pine bedding and attracts mice as we need to keep it indoors since if it stays outside, it gets wet; wet=moldy and not good for the birds.

    I'm sure others will chime in however.
     
  5. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Songster

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    I like wood chips and straw. It makes it so much easier to clean the coops. I add fresh bedding when needed. I try to alternate the bedding.

    Natalie
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I use pine shavings on the floor of the coop and hay in my nestboxes. Never had a problem.
     
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    I've used both pine shavings and hay before as bedding for chicks, whichever is easier for me to haul in my car. In the nest boxes I use pine shavings.

    Straw has too course of a texture to use as bedding for chicks. You can use it for older birds just fine.
     
  8. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

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    hay is a food source do not use it as bedding. Straw is the bedding. Why not do a mixture to help with costs. I am planning on wood pellets and straw for our coup when finished. After fall I will be adding leaves also to help defer beding cost for winter.
     
  9. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

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    Forget everything else. Use wood pellets. Are cheaper in the long run because they will keep your coop fresh and dry for a greater duration.
     
  10. Dar

    Dar Crowing

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    hmmm

    this is great I love the difference of opinion..

    HUGE square bale of compressed wood chips cost me ~$5.00

    but the problem I am having is
    1) they kick to much out and i am left with bare spots on the floor

    2) when they poop it is kinda awkward to take it out without it falling appart. I take it out to help control the flies

    3) I am spending upwards of $50 a month in bedding for 10 chickens (maybe I am spoiling them I want them to have plush clean floors to walk on. They roost at night so its not like they "sleep" on it
     

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