grass vs hay vs nothing!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bwebb7, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    When I can, I let the hens out to free range. Soon it will be dark too early for me to do that. Can I put some hay in there? I put coastal hay in the boxes and they strewed it all around and I assume ate it! It is mostly gone. Do they need that stuff? Will it hurt them? I have a good T&A hay avail should I share it with the girls? I wondered if it would get caught up in the crop?+
  2. Bammony

    Bammony Red-dress-less

    Aug 15, 2008
    Salina, Utah
    I feed grass and alfalfa hay to all of my chicken all the time. They love it! we ran out of feed a few years back a few days before payday and my girls lived on hay and actually didn't even complain. They loved picking the dead bugs out of it. All the years I've fed mine hay, I've never had any crop issues, just really happy girls!
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    My birds love it! No problems with feeding hay here either.
  4. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Ditto, and when it gets a little yucky that's just a better place to find bugs. We throw hay in the run all the time. Solves lotsa mud issues too.

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