Hi. I recently acquired several straw bales that I intend to use as bedding for my coop. At the time it was delivered, I was not ready (due to illness and current heat index) to put it in the place where I have it stored for the coop. We ended up putting it in an old barn, the floor of which is dirt and slopes, but there was a rubber tarp on the ground. 10 bales stacked with four on the bottom. Illness and heat advisory continued, so the bales sat in this old barn. I was finally able to get to it today and noticed that two of the four bottom bales had gotten wet and were starting to decompose- just at the very bottom. Obviously I don't want that rotten straw in my coop at all and not even in storage, so I tore out the rotten part in generous amounts so as to salvage what I can from the bales. Was this ok to do? Or should I have thrown all of the bales that had gotten wet? I looked it up online and found an article about how wet hay bales are a fire hazard. I knew nothing about this. Now I am concerned since I have the bales stacked in my coop- what happens if I missed a wet part somewhere in the straw bale? Is wet straw bale as hazardous as wet hay bales? And how common is a fire started from composing (hot) straw/hay bales? Do I have to worry about this? Should I pitch the bales I know got wet and just keep the ones that I suspect did not? By the way, the bales got wet because the rain water drained on the floor on the one side of the barn. I would say the bales stacked on top are fine, but how does one really know? I'm concerned I do not know much about this, which is why I need help and asking here. I never really heard of it and need to know more. Thanks in advance for any replies.