1. goldstar

    goldstar In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2013
    Hello, just getting ready for a western ny winter. My question is it ok to put fresh straw in the outdoor run over the sand I have in the run?

  2. kimmerjo

    kimmerjo Chirping

    May 15, 2013
    western new york
    Hi Goldstar also from Western ny got our first snow last night!
  3. ocap

    ocap Crowing

    Jan 1, 2013
    Smithville, Missouri
    I read that mites live in straw, so....I removed all my hay....I am rethinking my material
  4. Hay and straw are 2 different products, they are not the same. Hay is immature cut and dried grass of different variety depending on the region you live in.

    Straw is the mature stems of grain products after the grain is harvested - usually wheat, but you can find oat and barley and sometimes other grains. Straw is very very dry and "hollow" stemmed, which I assume is where the mites hang out. Hay generally will not have large, if any, hollow stems.

  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    There's really no point in doing it.
    It won't improve the conditions, it will cost money and energy, and if it's too thick and wet, it will mat down and become a nasty, smelly mess
  6. c2chicks

    c2chicks Chirping

    I have sand in my outdoor, uncovered run, and I wouldn't do it. It's really easy to scoop up the frozen poop off the sand (if you even need to). Not so much with straw. You're just going to have a hard, wet poopy mess over the winter. I love, love love my naked sand!
  7. goldstar

    goldstar In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2013
    Hey thanks for the tip on the straw in the outdoor run for the winter. I also have sand in the run and will not be putting straw down thanks again!

  8. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Songster

    Sep 13, 2015
    I have heard that having straw in your coop/run is a bad idea because it can become moldy and what not which can be bad for your birds. I have not had any experiences with it though.
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Straw bales can be advantageous once the snow gets deep. Using two more square bales, create a structure where one allows birds to stand free and clear of ground and second to north to block wind from north. Done properly you may also be able create some small sun collecting microhabitats the chickens will gravitate to on cold days with a little sun peeping through. In spring but bales up for use in the garden.

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