This may not be the place to post this and if not please move to the right locale. Thank You! Hay or Straw?? What's the difference and what's the best?? I did see the post on the surgery. I have 2 sets of chicks. One in a brooder box in the house(standards and bantams) that are going on 4 weeks and one set in the barn that are 9 (polish) and 7(silkies and frizzles) weeks old. I have put a piece of plexyglass down the middle of my brooder box(in the house) so I could intergrate the chicks and let them get accustomed to one another without touching eachother. How long should I keep them seperated? How long should the ones in the barn be quarintened (sp)?? They have been seperated for 2 weeks with no signs of anything. All happy eating and drinking. Edit to add: I use pine shavings in my boxes but wanted to use hay/straw in the coop when we move them. Thank you for all comments and post!