What are the pros and cons of straw and wood chips used as bedding? My grandfather in law used straw for his chickens and he still gets it free from all the local stores that use bales of it in decoration. They give it to him instead of throwing it away. It would be wonderful to get bedding for free, but I am not sure I want to use it. I would think wood chips would be nicer and easer to keep clean but I don't know where to get it that it wouldn't cost a bundle. Also, which breaks down better to use as compost? Which do you like better and why?