Is straw a no-no?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gottaknit, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. gottaknit

    gottaknit Out Of The Brooder

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    I notice in the pictures here that most people use wood shavings in their coops. I have been using straw for a year and a half without problems. Is there a reason I shouldn't be using it? Just curious. :|
     
  2. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is easier for bugs. Also, I THINK it can irritate them, NOT sure. I just use shavings because a 7 dollar bag lasts me a month [​IMG]
     
  3. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

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    We use shavings for the coop, yes, but inside the nest boxes are straw, and in the run is straw (in fall we add leaves they LOOOVE scratchig aroud in leaves). Put a bale of hay in a run and semi-detatch the flakes. Sit, wait, and have fun.
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Wood chips are more absorbent than straw. Easier to handle.
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I use strictly straw, no problems.
     
  6. gottaknit

    gottaknit Out Of The Brooder

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    OK sounds like I'm not endangering them or anything. [​IMG]

    I bought a $5 straw bale last winter and we're still chipping away at it. It seems to absorb odor really well - we never have any smells or flies. But then, I only have 4 chickens, and they mostly do their pooping in the yard (and on the patio furniture [​IMG] ).
     
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    good pine shavings are easier to clean (unless your straw is chopped), are more absorbant, less messy to transport and store, and less apt to mold.

    good straw composts slightly faster and some folks can get it cheaper.

    both seem to be perfectly respectible options [​IMG]

    Pat
     
  8. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOAH were do you get your straw. We tried some for our outside dogs and it's like $10 for a SMALL bale
     
  9. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens ate the straw, so I had to get rid of it to avoid crop problems.
     
  10. chicken cooker

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    Quote:Never heard of straw that high. We get small bales for $1.50 and big round ones for $10 max. Lotta cash cropping going on here so straw is cheap.
    Chickens love the "fallout" from horse hay as well. Its mostly alfalfa leaves.
     

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