Feeding hens alfalfa/timathy hay

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Hens rule, Dec 18, 2015.

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  1. Hens rule

    Hens rule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! It snowed here and was pretty cold out so I gave my hens some straw to cover the muddy/icy ground and for them to have something to play with while there stuck in the coop all day. I found some old alfalfa or timathy hay(I'm not sure) ...that was for my Guinea pig (the hays probably about 2 years old) and I spread in the run with the straw for my hens to play with and dig in. They seem to be more interested in the straw seeds than the hay but I know they will get to the hay sooner or later. Has hay ever caused a problem for your hens? Thanks! :)
     
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  2. blumenmadchen

    blumenmadchen Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know the answer, but I also have some timothy hay leftover from our guinea pig, and had the same question.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    I use hay or sometimes straw in the nest boxes, and they move it around and eat some. It's fine. Mary
     
  4. hillbillyreefer

    hillbillyreefer Out Of The Brooder

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    I give my hens some mixed grass/alfalfa hay every couple of days. Both to get them off the ice and snow and to give them something to pick through looking for treasures. It's never been a problem.
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I too put down hay during the winter, in the coops and outside anywhere they might stand, they get some good greenery during the winter and have something to stand on instead of snow and ice. I go through quite a few bales just on my poultry. Ours is a mix of different grasses, clover and whatever.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine also are out in the horse hay all year, and some is spread in the run in winter when the snow discourages ranging. Mary
     
  7. pfields

    pfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also put hay down where the ground is muddy. They seem to like to scratch around in it and it helps keep their feet off the cold wet ground. Hay here in Texas has gotten very expensive. We paid $7.50 for a bale. TSC wanted $10 for a bale. I can remember when I paid $4 for a bale and it wasn't that long ago.
     
  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    OUCH! We are paying $45 for large round bales that used to cost $25. "Long ago and far away"... Mary
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    We make our own, but to buy it is around 2-4 dollars a bale, depending on whether you're being taken advantage of.
     
  10. notbrooding

    notbrooding New Egg

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    I'm a newbe and finding my way slowly with trial and error. We had a rain storm and my run was a bit muddy I put out some wheat straw and all 12 of my hens went to town on the grass. They seem fine.
     

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