Straw for Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chloezoebob101, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Hey, I was wondering if chicks would be fine with straw. they will be freshly hatched. I read somewhere it wasn't good for them, and to just use bedding. Is that true? I have raised chicks before and we used bedding, but we are thinking about straw this time.
    Thanks in Advance!
    - Haley

  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    Try straw. You may just like it. I've used straw, mostly, for 50 years. I don't think Mrs. Ingalls had wood chips on Little House. [​IMG]

    Straw is not "good for chicks"?? Seriously, modern people say the darndest things. Sure, I've used wood chips and even a mix of straw and wood chips. I think if a person wants wood chips and likes them, that is completely fine. But honestly, birds have kept on straw and/or hay for centuries, for pity sake.

    Or, you can do what Mrs. Ingalls did and use paper towels.
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  3. darin367

    darin367 Songster

    Dec 1, 2010
    Shelton, Wa.
    my last 5 batches were hatched in straw, raised in straw and now they lay eggs in straw.......
  4. Thank you guys! i just want to make sure they grow up to be healthy![​IMG]
  5. Syharrison

    Syharrison In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2011
    when they get to about 6weeks old i use shredded paper
  6. kulangututot

    kulangututot Hatching

    Jan 29, 2012
  7. ok, i might try that too! I'm just experimenting.
  8. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    I prefer pine shavings. Straw tends to get matted and clump together whereas shavings do not. Just my personal thing.

  9. Syharrison

    Syharrison In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2011
    pine shavings are the best option by far the paper seems to clump together and gather smell quickly
  10. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I used straw run through a wood chipper/shredder for my chicks. One $4 bale made two of those big leaf bags full of shredded straw. It's soft and fluffy and worked GREAT. That same straw is doing wonderful things for my garden right now.

    I ran out of straw recently and tried shredded newspaper with the (now grown) chickens. I prefer the straw (as do the chickens -- they go nuts scratching in it for the occasional kernel when I first put it in) but shredded paper works. I'm not finding it smelly at all but then my coop is dry which always makes a difference. I tore it a bit prior to shredding to keep the pieces from being very long (and tangly) and then ran it through a regular shredder. I'm thinking crosscut would be a really nice feature.
  11. DEBID: hey we could do that! we have a chipper shredder and straw [​IMG]

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