wet hay in coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chkinut, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i just bought a new bale of hay and it got left out in the rain. then i put it in the shed. THEN, i cleaned out my girls coop, sprinkled fresh DE on the bottom, and placed the new wet hay over it thinking it would dry eventually. this was yesterday, and today it's still wet. i'm worried that it could be bad for the girls if it doesn't dry. do i have a cause for concern? should i just throw out the whole bail?
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It could get moldy or fungus could grow on it, then you'd have some really sick chickens. Is there a way you could spread it out on a tarp in the sun and shuffle it around every hour or so to get it dried out? If you could, it would save you from having to buy another bale. Good luck.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Bad idea, I'd say. The key to a healthy coop is dry, dry, dry. Take the wet stuff outside.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I would toss it...the risk of your chickens' health is not worth the cost of new, dry bale. Wet hay = mold/mildew potential...
  5. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    thanks guys! that's what i was afraid of......i'll buy a new bale today!!! i'm not risking my girls' health! and......one of my EE girls layed her 1st egg today! a beautiful green! yeah! thanks again!

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