What's wrong with hay??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jathall, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. jathall

    jathall Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally finished my chicken coop and I bought hay for the house and run.. I noticed hardly anyone uses hay.. Why??
     
  2. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay breaks down and rots quickly. Straw does not.
     
  3. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love hay!!!!!! But I am also obsessed with gardening....... I put hay in the coop/run, let the chickens eat the weed seeds out of it and add "fertilizer" to it and then haul the used hay to the garden to use as mulch. Works great but fairly labor intensive!!!
     
  4. jathall

    jathall Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh,, thanks!! Do you think it's ok to use if I clean it out once a week till it's gone then I'll switch to wood chips..
     
  5. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's not a big deal if you keep it clean (when it's in piles is when mold is an issue)
     
  6. jathall

    jathall Out Of The Brooder

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    Great idea !!!! I'll do that! Thanks
     
  7. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i read to only use it in nest boxes because if they eat it they get crop bound
     
  8. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings, in the pens & nest boxes, I think it is much more cleaner.
    It abosorbs moisture like water spills and mixes / covers most of the chicken poop. [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  9. kenora44

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    I use hay, I clean my coop out once a week though. I scrape it and clean it very good. Where I live hay is very inexpensive, if it wasnt I would switch to something else. I also think it helps keep the coop warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You definitly need to clean it often though to prevent molding. I got some meat birds White rock X and I dont really like having them on hay, it doesnt absorb as much because they are pooping SOOOOOO much. I am in the process of building a seperate meat coop and I think I will have shavings for the meat birds and hay for the hen house.
     
  10. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

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    I put hay in my nest boxes when my Delaware started to lay, and they would eat it all overnight. So I stick to pine shavings everywhere, except the run, where I put big pine bark chips on the areas they have scratched down to dirt.
     

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