alfalfa for chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NWayne, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. NWayne

    NWayne Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I have alfalfa and was wondering if I could feed it to the chickens but I read that it gets blocked up when they eat to much and can kill them what do you guys think?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Lots of folks feed alfalfa with no problems. I re-constitute the alfalfa pellets, by soaking over night. I have to mix it in their mash. It isn't their favorite, but getting some greens into them in the winter is why I do it.
     
  3. NWayne

    NWayne Out Of The Brooder

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    So can I feed only alfalfa?
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    As the main source of feed? No
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I used to free range my chickens on a few acres of alfalfa and grass. Didn't do them any harm. And they ate lots of it. As long as you give them some "ordinary" chicken food as their main meal your chickens should be fine.
     
  6. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good question. i was wondering the same thing. im glad you asked :)
     
  7. rockinpaints

    rockinpaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome Friend! [​IMG] Glad you could join us!
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan - alfalfa alone does not provide the right balance of nutrition, you will need to provide a balanced chicken food as their primary food source.
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California, I agree with the above posters.
     
  10. NWayne

    NWayne Out Of The Brooder

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    ok so not only alfalfa but also regular layer feed too should the layer feed be high in protein or just 16 or 18%?
     

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