Bale of Alfalfa for the Run ???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by iwiw60, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    I've been toying with the idea of putting a small bale of alfalfa in the chicken run in a few weeks to give the girls something to do plus getting some nutrients from the alfalfa. When I went to the feed store the price for a single bale was $14.00 and I asked if they had 'half-bales' possibly. The girl says "no, but we have alfalfa/grass bales at $11.00. I told her I was just pricing and went home.

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    Thinking about it I got to wondering if the grass content might not be detrimental simply for the fact that the "strands" will be quite long and I know chickens (especially mine!) can be little piggies and worry about an impacted crop down the road. Has anyone bought the alfalfa/grass bales and if so is the grass content in 'long cuts' ?? I just don't want to spend the money, get it home, lug it into the coop, and end up with a sick chicken down the road.

    Anyone???
     
  2. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens like the hay to sleep in, and just play with, they don't really eat it.

    I just use timothy hay (the leftover hay from my rabbits' bale), and I give them a few flakes at a time.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I keep horses, and pretty much always have grass hay. When we bring a load home, the chickens are usually all over it before we can get it unloaded. I use the loose hay from the barn floor for bedding in nest boxes, or just toss it in the coop as part of the deep litter. I've never had a problem with an impacted crop. The alfalfa has a higher protein content, but the grass will do just as well for entertaining them.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the reply...now it's just a matter of me being the OCD person I am and deciding whether to spend $14 or $11!!! [​IMG]
     

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