alfalfa hay

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by namreknat, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. namreknat

    namreknat Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two seperate coops and runs. Five month old leghorns in one; and two month old australorps and orpingtons in the other. I supply them with the proper ration, clean water, and grit 24/7. With grass in short supply now, I have wondering if some good leafy alfalfa hay would be good or maybe lead to problems with crop impaction. I hang a head of cabbage in their runs about once a week; which they devour in a days time. I would like to have something else to keep them "busy". What do you think?
     
  2. I think you will waste money on the alfalfa. If you want to put hay in give em some orchard grass. Really, I thiink all they will do it scratch at it for the bugs underneath !!
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    We always gave them a flake of alfalfa back when I was growing up and they loved it... with no problems.
     
  4. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

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    On the extra cold days I've been giving them some alfalfa hay. I shake it them let it fall in fluffy piles...they love it.
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    It also keeps the yolks a bright yellow color in the winter when they have little green forage.
     
  6. namreknat

    namreknat Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to get them some. [​IMG]
     
  7. valerie

    valerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine alfalfa too. I usually just 'clean up' around the barn and put it in their run. They love it. There's not much the chickens don't like [​IMG]
    Valerie
     
  8. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get the leafy stuff, left over from the horse hay.....without any problems.
     
  9. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Yep - mine run like crazy when we give the horse alphalfa, they can not WAIT to dig around in it - they do eat some.
     
  10. EllyMae

    EllyMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    I throw fescue in there too...sometimes it has seed pods and other junk for them to scratch around in.
     

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