Hay is for horses not chickens????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bald Rooster, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. bald Rooster

    bald Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2016
    Orlando area
    Hello again
    This is my first year with chickens since I was a teen,back then I had to feed them but I really didn't learn much about taking care of them.
    My grandchildren and I are doing fine with our new chickens.
    I can't let my chickens run our 6 acre place unless I'm home because dogs and other dangers are to great.
    We have 31 chickens now, we have a very large coop and I built a coverd run thats about 40x40.
    Well its fall and they have striped it down to nothing.
    I also have a couple horses,and I have noticed the chickens eating the grassy part of the hay I feed them.(Timothy )
    So I went a step further and took a large leaf of Timothy hay and spread it in the run.
    two days its gone!
    They don't eat the straw parts but all the grassy stuffs gone.
    I think orchard hay would be a treat or Maybe some peanut hay .
    Will Hay hurt my chickens?
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2016
  2. Erik the epic

    Erik the epic Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 12, 2016
    hay is fine it is basically grass.
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I use alfalfa hay and red clover hay. During winter it give them something to stand on that does not conduct heat away from birds feet. Also has entertainment value.
  4. bald Rooster

    bald Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2016
    Orlando area
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Your chickens will love the perennial peanut hay as well. Good for a little extra protein too. Will help keep the yolks bright orange.

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