The straw boss?

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Re: The straw boss?

Post by Robert.Allen » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:34 pm

I've also noticed it gets kicked out of the nesting boxes quickly, find it helps to mix with regular straw in the nesting boxes
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Re: The straw boss?

Post by labradors » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:43 pm

Thanks for the tip Robert Allen. I might be a happier camper then, and I WOULD prefer something that breaks down fast in the compost bin :).
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Re: The straw boss?

Post by Jaye » Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 pm

@Ontario Chick , just to warn you, the TSC price for Straw Boss has shot up to over $9 per bale this year. I am down to my last bales too. Was it you that mixed the Straw Boss and wood shavings together and was happy with the results?
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Re: The straw boss?

Post by Ontario Chick » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:14 pm

I use shavings only in summer, I find them cooler and lighter, so more air circulation.
Last fall instead of adding straw for winter deep bedding, I added the straw boss which created a pleasant mix that worked well thru the winter.
Actually by now if I was using regular straw the whole thing would have been cleaned out, but with the blend I find that "spot cleaning" seems to be good enough, so pretty happy with the result.
Seeing that all I used in a year was 6 bales the difference in the cost isn't really that important, although it was nice to get a deal last spring.
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Re: The straw boss?

Post by Jaye » Wed May 01, 2019 8:43 am

Ontario Chick wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:14 pm
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Actually by now if I was using regular straw the whole thing would have been cleaned out, but with the blend I find that "spot cleaning" seems to be good enough, so pretty happy with the result.
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I have found the same: spot cleaning seems to be enough. In past years when I was using wood shavings, it was high time for spring clean-out by the beginning of March. This year using Straw Boss, and with the occasional spot cleaning I had some wiggle room - which is a good thing because we did have a winter that dragged on.
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Re: The straw boss?

Post by Ontario Chick » Wed May 01, 2019 9:38 am

Robert.Allen wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:34 pm
I've also noticed it gets kicked out of the nesting boxes quickly, find it helps to mix with regular straw in the nesting boxes
I still use straw in the nest boxes, found the straw boss sticks to the eggs too much and I can make a "nest" with the regular straw. :)
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Re: The straw boss?

Post by Killerbunny » Wed May 01, 2019 5:01 pm

It seems quite absorbent so I don't think I'd use it in a broody nest. It might wick away moisture from a hatching chick causing it to shrink wrap?
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