hay vs straw in the coop/run

Romoshka

Chirping
8 Years
Jan 15, 2012
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Seems I read somewhere that hay was a bad thing as the chickens can gorge on it and get impacted. Can find that now so im asking here. Reason is that 3 or 4 times a year I till the run and bust a bale of straw over the freshly tilled earth. Chickens have a grand time for 4 or 5 days and it helps keep things from getting so compacted -well I can get "too old to feed horses" coastal hay for half the price of straw. So...straw or cheap hay?
Thanks
Steve
 

Lozuufy

Returning to the addiction
9 Years
May 20, 2012
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Massachusetts
I use hay for bedding sometimes and it seems to be good, the only problem is that it gets very hard to clean out, but if you are tilling it then it should be fine.
 

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