straw bedding?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rockrun, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. rockrun

    rockrun Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 2, 2012
    is straw ok for their bedding,and also its been nice and warm here in central indiana for a couple of weeks now and still no eggs,whats the deal?
  2. g&a thomas

    g&a thomas Out Of The Brooder

    May 2, 2011
    Oak Harbor, Washington
    We use straw for their nesting boxes. They like ruffling through it. When it gets dirty we throw it into the run and they scratch at it and eat the little bit of seeds. It takes longer to decompose in the compost but it is cheaper and works just the same.
  3. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    How old are your chickens and what breed? Many will not lay until about 24 weeks. And the number of hours of daylight has more influence on egglaying than temperature. So nice temps will not get them to lay sooner, longer days will.

    My chickens started around 24-25 weeks, and I have some that haven't laid yet and they are now 27 weeks old. Just let nature take her course! But make sure you're giving them oystershell and layer feed.
  4. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    Its all we used on the farm. Why buy wood shavings when the straw grew on the farm? Be aware straw tends to allow the bedding to cake if you use the deep litter method. As for the lack of eggs need more info. How old are they? Are they adults? New to you? Did they molt? Have a change in the coop or food?

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