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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ginevive, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. Ginevive

    Ginevive In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2007
    I have alfalfa hay here for the horses. Would the roos eat it is I tossed some in with them? I read that they eat plants and greenery and am wondering if they would like this.. there is so much to learn!
    Another thing: I know that they like to scratch around for their feed. I have a bird feeder type of thing I was going to use (holds it in a metal grid-type tube thingie and it falls into the little tray at the bottom as it is eaten.) Is it better to just toss the feed on the coucrete for them to scratch, or fed in feeder?

  2. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Songster

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    I bet they would like scratching around in the hay and would probly eat some of the little bits that fall out.
  3. Motherhenandflock

    Motherhenandflock Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Southeast Idaho
    I've used hay too, mostly the stems after the goats finished off the leafy parts. Same thing as with the straw, the chickens like to scratch in the hay.
    I found it packed down more if and when it got wet. Then it was hard to remove to clean and put down fresh bedding.
    I think you want to have something on the concrete. It's not good for their legs and feet to always be on the hard surface. Can you locate their feeder on an area where you have bedding? They will scratch some out and pick it up too. There will be some waste.
  4. Ginevive

    Ginevive In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2007
    I have them bedded with wheat straw; about 3 inches or so of it. I would never leave them on bare concrete [​IMG]

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