Question about hay

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cluckmecoop7, May 19, 2019.

  1. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

    Jul 31, 2018
    Catalonia, Spain
    My Coop
    I'll remember to take a microscope next time we cut or buy.;)
    It's the nature of the crop, not really much to do with storage and harvesting.
    Certain pathogens and mites live in the live plant which don't live in the stalks left after harvesting.
    I have a field of cut mixed grass lying in puddles atm. Not an awful lot you can do about nature deciding to make life more difficult.
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Hay is feed, straw is bedding...that's how I remember it.

    Handling and storage does matter, type and length, anything can start to live and grow in stored product. I always buy straw in the fall when it's fresh cut and not been stored in a barn all winter where birds and rodents can get into it. Rarely use hay and only as a 'treat' in moderation to pick thru during winter boredom.

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