Something in the barley

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Island Roo, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Island Roo

    Island Roo Songster

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    Anyone know what this is that came in the bag that I bought?


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  2. TOP KNOT

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    Its probably weed seeds that the combine harvested off weeds that were in the barley fields.
     
  3. Island Roo

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    Yeah - the spiral things unravel if you pull on them. Seems like it came from a plant.

    That's alot of material that should have been barley. Hopefully its safe for the chickens. Maybe someone can ID it.

    I emailed the nutritionist at the mill so we'll see what they say.
     
  4. TOP KNOT

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    These would be called ''dirty'' due to all the non-barley. I would return it for ''clean'' grain.
     
  5. Island Roo

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    It turns out those are alfalfa seed pods.

    The nutritionist says that since this organic, there will often be some other seeds in the mix.

    I told him that's ALOT of extra material but I'll still use. A little alfalfa won't hurt the chickens. Adds variety.
     
  6. TOP KNOT

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    I feed alfalfa hay to give them something to scratch in and eat. They love it! They leave the stems but nibble up all of the leaves.
     

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