How to make chopped straw

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by HeatherFeather, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. HeatherFeather

    HeatherFeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking for suggestions on how to turn square bales into chopped straw.

    So far I've tried using loppers and shears inside a garbage can, without much luck. Both those tools are kinda dull however....the straw just twists sideways between the blades.

    I'm not opposed to buying new tools, or sharpening these ones, but don't want to spend any $$ on them if they aren't the tools I need for the job anyhow.

    I thought about using a weedwacker.....anyone tried this?
     
  2. Freebird

    Freebird Out Of The Brooder

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    I've never tried it, but maybe a leaf mulcher? Not sure if they could handle straw, though. My other idea is a lawn mower and a rake. Lay out the straw in a path as wide as your mower and not very deep (so as not to bog down the mower too much), run over it with the mower then rake it all up. There will be some loss, obviously. I'd try it on a "not so windy" day!

    The "real" way is with a straw mulcher. I've seen places that you can lease them for somewhere around $150-$200 a month, but that's only feasable is you have the money and are mulching a lot of straw.
     
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  3. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lawn mower idea does work.
    If you do it alongside a building, or between a pair of 2x6's, you'll save on raking time.
    Good luck!

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  4. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh??? Please enlighten me on why the straw needs to be "chopped"? What are you using the straw for??
     
  5. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    chipper/shredder
     
  6. Brick243

    Brick243 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a mulching push mower to shred hay for bedding. I mostly use shredded for the baby chicks.
     
  7. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For bedding only, straw doesn't need chopping.
    But if it's going to be used in compost afterwards, then chopped would be better.

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  8. Marion

    Marion Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw an idea once for chopping leaves in a metal trash can with a weed eater... maybe that is an option so you wouldn't have to rake it... just dump the can where you want the straw?
     

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