alfalfa cubes?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by KDbeads, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Went into town today and dropped by a few feed stores to see if I could find a flock block. The NHR's and EE's are literally digging out of the runs at the moment trying to get to what little green stuff there is left on the other side. So I figured I'd try to supplement more than the cabbage and lettuce I have been.

    No one had a clue... until the last store and a customer next to me suggested alfalfa cubes. Told me he was doing the same for his flock and to just soak it with a bit of water and stand back.

    Well..... they stay as far away from the trays as possible, same treat trays I normally use.

    Anyone else try these?
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    How ironic. I asked the same thing at our feedstore today. They had no clue. Thanks for the alfalfa cube advise, I'll be giveing that a try!
  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Yeah, I found out they don't care much for alfalfa pellets either. I soak them overnight and mix into their morning treat. But, I can't use more than two pellets at a time, or they just act like "we can't eat Any of this, cuz it's got Yucky alfalfa in it". Spoiled birds walk around wiping their beaks and raising a racket about it.
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  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    However, mine WILL eat alfalfa sprouts!
  5. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I guess we are lucky to be able to mow lawn year round. The girls just loved freshly mowed grass.
  7. feedstorechick

    feedstorechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    Flock Block is a Purina product. It doesn't have any alfalfa or greens in it. It's a lot like a deer block, with more grain in it. I have heard of people feeding alfalfa to their laying hens when they had no grass. They bought a bale of alfalfa, not the compressed blocks.
  8. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    We just mowed last weekend and they decimated their piles in less than 3 hours! Looks like we won't have to mow for another month though [​IMG]

    I'm trying anything at the moment to keep them from digging tunnels, don't have the ability to let them free range, my dane would eat them all! If they keep it up I may have to put fencing down inside the run [​IMG] A big head of cabbage doesn't even last a half day with the 4 big girls, for the 3 EE's it lasts about 24 hours. Everyone else is happy.
  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Mine will eat softened alfalfa pellets as a last resort. They have to be desperate. Cabbage costs an arm and a leg so haven't done that yet. Might break down and do one since they have nothing on the ground now due to the snow. And as usual, except for 3 - 4, none will leave the coop. The rest look outside and complain.
  10. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    At TSC I buy a bag of stuff that is timothy and alfalfa chopped to about 2 inches -- mainly it's for the rabbits, but occasionally I give it to the chickens, too. And it's nice short lengths for them, better than just hay.

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