What's wrong with hay??

jathall

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 4, 2010
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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??
 

laughaha

Songster
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May 5, 2010
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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!!!
 

jathall

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 4, 2010
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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..
 

josh44

Songster
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Jun 16, 2008
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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.


 
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kenora44

In the Brooder
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May 5, 2010
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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.
 

joletabey

SDWD!!!!
10 Years
Apr 9, 2009
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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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