Help! They're eating straw!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Catalina, Nov 30, 2007.

  1. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    I put two square bales of straw into the run today for a windbreak. The girls went crazy over it and started EATING it!
    Is this OK or will they get impacted crops?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Mine eat a little occasionally and they've never had a problem so they must know when to stop.
  3. jeaucamom

    jeaucamom Songster

    Oct 1, 2007
    Ophir, CA
    Well I would think the majority would know when to stop, then again, go look at "how to...crop operation.." Under emergencies. Mine had a crop full of hay and would have died. Not saying that will happen every time, but please be careful!!!
  4. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Yup, mine love fescue hay, too. I never have straw around because the goats gorge on it and it's not nutritionally sound, but they do munch hay a lot! I wouldn't worry.
  5. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    Quote:Yeah...that's why I stick to Straw. They don't like THAT stuff AND it keeps them warm just the same.


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