Can you feed your chickens hay?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by EchoesEchos, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. EchoesEchos

    EchoesEchos Out Of The Brooder

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    It's coming into winter for me and soon the snow, ice and frozen ground will be here. I was wondering besides grain can I feed my chickens good hay? Alfalfa or clover hay? They of course love to scratch around but the ground will be frozen so was wondering what I can give them to scratch and dig around in.
     
  2. marlo1968

    marlo1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give my hens hay here and there already. I only give them a flake or two. In two days there are barely any bits and pieces left to see. When they are out of their run they go over to the haystack right away, climb on top and start scratching and pecking. Whether or not they actually eat anything I am not sure, but I think they do. I know they love getting it though.
     
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be careful with any really long stiff pieces because tall stiff grasses can cause impacted crop.

    If you are looking for easy greens in the winter you can sprout your own fodder indoors. I just started and it is actually really fun. Here is a good place to get started.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/713334/growing-fodder-for-chickens
     
  4. EchoesEchos

    EchoesEchos Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I would like to provide themwith something scratch around in and the growing them fodder is great.. Thanks.

    They are spoiled for sure... My son is always telling them they are spoiled and not to expect that from him. LOL Don't believe it, he's the one who is always tweaking their enclosure to make sure it's comforatble and good enough.
     

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