Momma & Chicks ate hay. Good? Bad?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Twiggers96, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Twiggers96

    Twiggers96 Chillin' With My Peeps

    131
    0
    91
    Sep 3, 2011
    Arcadia, FL
    As we know, I live in Central FL.
    It got super cold here last night so I threw down a large handful of coastal (fine) hay
    for Momma & her 4 week old chicks to nest in.
    When I came back two hours later EVERY LAST PIECE OF HAY WAS GONE!!
    They ate it!!!!

    Am I to expect blocked crops now?
    And, how would I know if it is a blocked crop?


    Naughty chickens!
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    8,622
    167
    316
    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, my friend had her field mowed, and the grass had gotten very high this past spring because it rained so much. Her hens ate alot of the grass and one hen did get an impacted crop. I would think it might be possible, but the only thing you can do is wait and see....

    Good luck and I hope they'll be OK!

    Sharon
     
  3. TexasToucan

    TexasToucan Out Of The Brooder

    62
    0
    37
    Jan 16, 2010
    I don't know if it would help, but I know a lot of people advise feeding olive oil once the crop is impacted to help loosen up the material. I wonder if you could give the olive oil now to perhaps prevent it from impacting. I can't see how it would hurt, just don't overdo it with the chicks.
     
  4. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    366
    10
    113
    Jun 8, 2011
    Mine eat hay all the time. I found this out when I tried to use hay on top of the shavings in the nesting boxes. I have horses, so I often take the chaff hay and toss it in the coop. The chickens eat a large percentage of it, and what's left helps by giving the poo something to stick to, so it makes for easier raking.
     
  5. ZoeZoo

    ZoeZoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    112
    1
    83
    Sep 24, 2011
    It's just dry grass, so personally I'd just make sure they have plenty of water [​IMG]
     
  6. AZ_HenHouse

    AZ_HenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    173
    3
    93
    Nov 2, 2011
    I have hay available for my chickens daily (I store the bale in the garden where they free range) and use it for something to play in their run. my chickens and chicks have never had a problem-although it is something they have always had and not something new.
    Keep an eye onthem but I am sure they will be fine [​IMG]
     
  7. coonhoundmama87

    coonhoundmama87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    241
    14
    101
    Oct 26, 2011
    Wisconsin
    My chickens go crazy for hay hasn't hurt them yet [​IMG]
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,532
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Make sure they have access to grit so the crop can grind it up well. My birds eat hay all the time and everyone's fine.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by