Should i buy straw?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ruby243, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. Ruby243

    Ruby243 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2013
    should i put straw in my chickens nesting box? the man at mole valley said we were wasting our money and the chickens will choke on it. what do you think i should do
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Well, over the years I've stuffed a lot of straw in nest boxes and never had a hen choke on it. I actually prefer a nice grass hay for nest boxes, but it can be difficult to locate.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Pretty laughable, really. Millions of chickens, for hundreds of years have been bedded on straw and nested on straw. Feral birds like straw, pine straw, needles, bent grasses, etc, too.

    Chips, shavings, hay, straw, lots of choices. But choke on straw? Somebody better alert my hens. [​IMG]
  4. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    They should tell my bitties about that one. The minute I put it in there coop they start scratching and eating it, no one has choked yet. I do use it in the nesting boxes more cushion.
  5. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Sometimes you will get a hen who likes to eat the straw and COULD cause crop issues, but I think this isnt all that common in general.... I always use straw and prefer it now..... I like to start them on straw so they are used to it from peeps!

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