Using straw or hay?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hamilton, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. hamilton

    hamilton Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 11 x 12 stall/shed that I am using for the chickens this year... there are 1 polish, 2 silkies, 3 golden comets, 2 barrockeds, 4 crossbreeds... This is my first year with chickens and want to make sure that they are warm... Do people use straw or hay to keep them warm? I have 3 2'x4'x8' roosts, 1 low 2'x4' x4' board for the silkies...and 2 nesting boxes. I have 2 bags of shavings and a large box 2'x4' wooden box with a roost inside... Thank you for any advice...
     
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to use straw but I find it annoying because the pieces are so big and it's an ugly color, so I switched to Bermuda because it's only like one dollar more, so now I have pretty, soft bedding. [​IMG]
     
  3. hamilton

    hamilton Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if they would eat it.. I was giving them some of the horses hay but read somewhere here that they said it was bad for them.. Where would I get the bermuda one?
     
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens will scratch through it to find bits and bugs and stuff, but I don't think they actually eat large amounts of it per sey. Anywhere that sells hay should have it, it's very common.
     
  5. hamilton

    hamilton Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I will check into it tomorrow....[​IMG]
     
  6. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    straw for bedding, hay for eating - oat and alfalfa they love and good for them
     
  7. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another thing, the Bermuda composts faster and I don't have to worry about raking every last bit up because it's not nearly as ugly. [​IMG]
     

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