Alfalfa Pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ohhhdear, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Ohhhdear

    Ohhhdear Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    West Michigan
    I was in TSC last week and saw bags of pelleted various grasses; timothy, alfalfa, clover. The pellets were quite large, maybe 3,4 times the size of Purina Layena pellets (a bag was busted open so I could see them). They smell like freshly cut hay.

    Since there's nothing green at all here in Michigan, and my girls were used to free ranging a rather large area, I wondered if adding hay would be a good supplement for their diet. I was thinking on soaking the pellets and adding it as a component to their hot mash. They also get either Kent, Purina or Dumor 16% laying crumbles, oyster shell, grit, and kitchen scraps, plus ACV in their water.

    Anybody else tried this? Kinda like giving them grass clippings, maybe.

  2. jarodw45

    jarodw45 Songster

    Nov 6, 2010
    Quote:Great Idea!
  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    I'm giving mine soaked alfalfa pellets now - it took them a couple of days to figure it out, but now they're eating them. They aren't enthusiastic about dry alfalfa pellets.
  4. maizey

    maizey Songster

    been thinking the same thing. Only reason I was hesitating is becasue I only have 3 young pullets and didnt want to buy a big o bag of anything I wasn't sure they would eat. Only other critters around here are DH, DS and a mini schanauzer,,, don't think any of them would appreciate having to finish off the bag.
  5. jarodw45

    jarodw45 Songster

    Nov 6, 2010
    I bought a bale of alfalfa and I put a little in each day and let them scratch for food so to speak and they love it...
  6. Ema

    Ema Songster

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    I give mine alfalfa pellets all the time. been doing so since it snowed. I either give it to them soaked in water and mixed with some quick oatmeal or dry, but because the pellets are so large I take about 2 cups and place them in a freezer bag and smack them around until they break up a bit....

    My chickens just love getting their alfalfa :) but I treat it like a treat. If I could find smaller pellets I would likely mix it in with the scratch and boss.
  7. HopeMissouri

    HopeMissouri In the Brooder

    My 29yo horse is fed chopped timothy/alfalfa mix. Our one chicken seemed to like to scratch around the feed bucket for the leavings. Now, I add the chopped mix to the chicken's feed pan with crumbles and scratch for him to pick through. He must like it as it's gone by evening.

    I don't give my horses sweet feed.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010

  8. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Most rabbit food sold at feed stores is just small alfalfa pellets. My girls always enjoyed any left over pellets the rabbits didn't eat. When I got rid of my rabbits I had almost 100 pounds of pellets remaining. I just mixed them in with the layer pellets for a few months until it was gone.
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Quote:Rabbit Pellets is more than just Alfalfa Pellets. Here is a list of ingredients that is the Rabbit Pellets I use.

    Alfalfa Meal, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Meal, Heat Processed Soybeans,
    Ground Corn, Soybean Hulls, Oats Mill By-Product, Soybean Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract,
    Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Ferrous
    Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Carbonate,
    Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement,
    Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Choline

    Please also note that Rabbit Pellets is high in salt that can be harmful to chickens in high amounts.


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