alfalfa

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by missnatalie, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. missnatalie

    missnatalie Out Of The Brooder

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    someone has asked me if chickens can eat alfalfa? i was not sure what to say to that, can anyone help me with that
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Yes. Mine get a flake of alfalfa in their coop couple times a week during winter.
     
  3. missnatalie

    missnatalie Out Of The Brooder

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    great to know this info, do you also do this in summer?
     
  4. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Yeah I give it to then whenever I think about it, any time of year, just more so in the winter when there's nothing green in the pasture.
     
  5. TheCrazyChick

    TheCrazyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use alfalfa pellets in my fermented feed. Seems to work just fine for them. I read somewhere that alfalfa during the winter months helps them to continue laying eggs. So far so good.
     
  6. cinch920

    cinch920 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens can and will eat just about anything you give them. They love scratching around. I like the idea of throwing a flake of hay to them. Thats a great way to keep them busy!
     
  7. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, not only do they LOVE Alfalfa, it is extremely nourishing for them, especially during those winter months when there is little dark green and leafy to munch on.

    I get the Dehydrated Alfalfa Cubes in the Horse section of Tractor Supply. I think a 50 lb. bag was only about $14 and it's lasted me all winter with
    giving it regularly to over 100 chickens.

    I just get a big plastic pail, fill it about 1/3 full of the cubes then fill the rest up with water. By the next morning you will have a pail full of very dark
    green stuff that smells and looks a lot like cut spinach.

    I just go from coop to coop slinging the stuff and they literally go crazy over it and fight over it. During the spring and summer they get plenty of
    organic greens from pasture and garden but in winter it fills in that nutritional gap and, maybe it's just my imagination, but I think it helps make
    my yolks darker orange as well.
     

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