Straw bedding and misters?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChaoSS, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. ChaoSS

    ChaoSS Songster

    Mar 24, 2014
    My little flock is starting to grow up now, coming closer to laying age for the girls. They've managed to strip the greenery in their run, and poop is starting to accumulate. The plan has been to use various forms of bedding and let it compost over time and hopefully eventually use it in a garden.

    I got a bale of straw today, then started thinking about the misters. Will a little bit of straw getting wet every day be a mold hazard? The ground tends to dry out in the morning before the misters get turned on. Not sure if straw will do the same or not.

    Would it be better to do straw away from the misters and wood shavings where the misters are?

  2. Messipaw

    Messipaw Songster

    Apr 3, 2013
    Yes definitely keep the straw away from wet areas. Wood chips are always better. Straw is hollow and can harbors bacteria, mold and even possible mites/lice. My coop has a mix of sand wood shavings dirt DE and PDZ in it. My pen/run is a mix of everything too even hay. They love it. Hope this helps.

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