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Rabbit alfalfa pellets for chickens? good or bad.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sissy, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok to feed alfalfa rabbit pellets to my flock in place of greens as a different treat once in a while,
    or will it harm them?
     
  2. lambchick

    lambchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I too was wondering about alfalfa-but I'd be using it either fresh or dried, straight from the field. Sorry, I hope I'm not hijacking your post.
     
  3. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    I've never fed alfalfa pellets, but know of others who use them as a Winter substitute for greens.

    We do layer our coop floors with hay - grass hay or alfalfa hay. The chickens have quite a good time scratching all through it, finding tender blades, seed heads (in grass hay) etc.
     
  4. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens just love alfalfa..I buy at feed store bale of it..
     
  5. chickenchalupa

    chickenchalupa Out Of The Brooder

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    I heard that alfalfa pellets replace summer grass and greens in the winter resulting in rich yolks.
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    I've been feeding rabbit pellets to my chickens this winter. They love the pellets. I thought about getting the loose alfalfa leaves in a bag. Alfalfa cubes are much easier to find but I don't think they could eat those.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
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    I 've done that too. They really like the pellets. But someone told me or I read it somewhere that the rabbit pellets contained alot of salt. That the rabbit pellets were bad for the birds. I guess in moderation would be fine. Just like everything else. They really enjoy the change.
     
  8. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    I give mine some about once a week but not every day! I dont give much either
     
  9. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will have to first say I am wierd and admit it. But I usually "taste" what I am feeding my pets. Dog or cat kibble, bird pellet, rabbit pellet - I have tried them all. Never tried dog or cat moist food, not sure why? LOL

    But, having said that, I know the rabbit pellet is really salty to taste. But having nibbled dried alfalfa - before it goes in for the rabbit - it is salty too.

    Just saying...I am a bit strange, I know.

    I might give the DelightfulDozen some dried alfalfa to mess with, but probably not the rabbit pellets because it seemed so salty.
     
  10. rigagirl

    rigagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think its great that you nibble on the kibble first, [​IMG] i never thought to do that. you know what, i wouldn't know why i would do that. why do you?
     

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