alfalfa pellets for chx after the age of 5 months.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sissy, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    Has anyone fed their flock rabbit alfalfa pellets
    to supplement for their greens ?
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I guess if that is what you have for them
    I never liked rabbit pellets as it has higher amt of salt in it
    but people do use it
    I would supplement it this way
    w bowls of commercial chicken feed
    one bowl if rabbit pellets
    they would probably not be hurt by it

    what ingredients does the rabbit pellets say is in it?

    purina has a small sized alfalfa pellet that are okay for chickens
    and would feed it measured same way
  3. BawkinOnTheBench

    BawkinOnTheBench Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2008
    Well, this is good to know. I have roses where the chickens free range, so I can't feed them regular rose food. The guy at the Univ. suggested alfalfa and fish oil or kelp. I was afraid the chickens would eat the alfalfa. He said not the get the kind for rabbits, but the kind for horses would be OK. The horse pellets are probably 3/4" to 1". If the chickens did try to eat them, would they choke or get impacted crops from something like that?
  4. soctippy

    soctippy Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 22, 2007
    I have recently experimented with feeding chickens alfalfa pellets for horses. First thing learned, soak in water so chickens will actually TRY to eat them. And second, if they generally do not get a lot of greens they might eat them. my chickens didn't want anything to do with them in any form. however fresh stuff from the field is gobbled up.
  5. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    My chickens won't eat them, even if they have been soaked, fluffed, and heated to just warm in the microwave. I'm gonna use em on the daylilies...
  6. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    My chickens absolutely love the horse cubes soaked. I give them in the afternoon or early evening (usually on my last check for eggs) when they are pretty tired of scrounging for bugs and greens in the pasture. At that point they are happy to see some easy pickin's. And alfalfa helps increase the omega 3's and probably protein too.
  7. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chickens love the pellets during the winter. (no need for them once the grass grows)

    I just throw a handful in with the feed once, maybe twice a week, for a treat.
  8. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I ground up the rabbit pellets
    and toss in a handful with their feed and they loved it .
    and with grass growing like wild fire( did 2 cuts already)
    they are into the fresh greens for now.
  9. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    a note here at alfalfa cubes verses pellets
    purina makes a nice small alfalfa pellet that chickens do eat
    also if feeding the pellets dry leave them till they are eaten and DON'T FEED any other feed
    this is how one teaches chickens to eat crumbles in the pellet form
    a hungrey chicken is a chicken that cleans up its feed

    if feeding the alflfa cubes with water besure and clean that up as it will get moldy and poison the chickens
    generally any treat is what they will clean up in 20-3- minutes

    Cubes I feel are big for horses and not tasty to chickens

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