alfalfa hay

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ginger67, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. ginger67

    ginger67 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    The guy at the feed store suggested i put alfalfa hay in the nesting boxes instead of straw. He said they could eat the alfalfa and it would be good for them. What are your thoughts before I do this. I have only had my pullets about a month so I am very new to all this. They should start laying in another 4 wks or so.
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    They can definitely eat the alfalfa and yes it is good for them, but wow what an expensive thing to line nest boxes with. Unless you are buying it anyway for another reason.
  3. Cakela

    Cakela Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2011
    Southern New Hampshire
    We tried straw and the girls didn't like it.

    But alfalfa hay is the most exspensive!

    We use a lower quality hay for our nesting boxes and the girls seem to love it way more then the straw.
  4. 3dogs

    3dogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2009
    southern CA
    I use hay in the nest boxes and give the chickens some handfuls of alfalfa to eat every day.
  5. ginger67

    ginger67 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    Thank you so much for the help. I'm just learning and know I can count on all of you for advice. [​IMG]
  6. ginger67

    ginger67 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    My husband is the one willing to buy the alfalfa for me. He knows how crazy I already am bout these girls. It feels like they are becoming more of my pets than for providing good eggs for me. I guess that will be my bonus.[​IMG]
  7. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    Try checking craiglist for grass hay. There is still stuff in there they can eat and it makes a nice nest. They love to dig in big piles of it.
  8. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Alfalfa is great for them nutritionally if your willing to pay for it. I don't know that I'd bother putting it in the nest boxes. I just toss a flake in the coop or run about once a week and they have a great time scratching it apart and finding all the little leaves. Mine seem to like shavings in the nest box and/or some nice, soft grass hay.
  9. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    Don't you run the risk of impacted crops if they eat the stems?
    I noticed the stems disappearings and took it out. But, they sure liked the leaves & bits when I first put it in. So, I'm not sure what to do? [​IMG]
  10. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    I paid 5 bucks for a bale, lots of hay for chicks, I too heard it good to line nest with. But they ate it all (all that i put in box, not whole bale) while I was at work today. Oh well still okay and relatively cheap lesson learned! [​IMG]

    Edited for clarity.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011

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