Alfalfa

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Itsme, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. Itsme

    Itsme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aug 5, 2007
    NW Wisconsin
    I bought a bale of alfalfa from a dairy farmer friend of mine............oh the chickens just love love love it [​IMG]

    I'll be curious to see if their yolks orange up any from it.

    During the summer months they free range and we have the most beautful orange yolks..plenty of bugs and greenery [​IMG] but since snow fall they have been on their feed with kitchen scraps and a couple handfuls of dry cat food every day......So oh boy oh boy when I brought a sheef of the alfalfa there was much clucking and discussion............lol!
     
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine love the "dust" left from it.......... little teeny particles , they go wild !
     
  3. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Yep, they go nuts for alfalfa. In the winter I add pellets to their feed.

    Julie [​IMG]
     
  4. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    I'm trying the cubes. They are hard so I've been putting them in water-around 3/4 to 1 cup. They flake apart and the pieces are small. I got a big(50 lbs maybe??) bag for just over 10 bucks.
    So far my chickens are not to crazy about them. I then threw some out in their run and I notice that they are whittling them down. It has thawed here and there is alot of moisture in the ground and I think they are falling apart a little at a time.
    Sometimes they have to git used to something before its a big hit.
     
  5. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Funny you mention that about the orange yolks because I feed mine alfalfa (baled only not the pellets) alot and they really love it and put about a 1/4 of a new bale in their pen last week and the eggs I made breakfast with this morning had almost halloween orange colored yolks! I had no idea the alfalfa might be the reason!..learn something everyday on this board!! [​IMG]
     
  6. picklespickles

    picklespickles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    mine always clean up after the goats. they get on the pallets after the goats are gone and eat between the cracks. plus, scratch and kick it aside that falls on the ground.
     
  7. leecey411

    leecey411 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, My DH wants me to put my chickens into my goats pen and now have a good reason too. How old do they need to be to eat alfafa. Are your goats picky too, mine will not eat anything that touches the ground!
     

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