How does straw cut down on mud

chickendude9

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I have 6 week old chickens who are ready to go outside soon and i have 3 bales of straw. I know laying it down on the yard will help cut down on mud...but how does it work? Im curious.
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you just step on the straw instead of the mud :D

the chickens will LOVE you for putting it in there, they will scratch through it all the time.

If you do have a muddy run, I would highly recommend getting some scrap pieces of wood to throw down. You could use some pieces as a walkway over that mud, or just put in a smaller 1 foot by 6 inch piece. Every day, or every other day, flip over the wood, and if you are lucky it will be covered with slugs or have earthworms under it. It is SO MUCH FUN to flip it and see the super excited chickens. So there is the benefit of having a muddy run!
 

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