Straw or hay?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gabby3535, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can someone tell me what is the best and safest (for the chickens) to use as 'enrichment' in the run.........straw or hay?
    You know, for them to peck around in.........
    And if the answer is 'hay', regular grass hay or alfalfa?
    And do I leave the whole bale, or just a few flakes at a time...................?
    Thanks for any advice....
  2. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    I put alfalfa in my chickens nest boxes. They will eat some of it sometimes. They also like to eat oat hay or grass hay.
  3. thedeacon

    thedeacon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    Hay in the run. alfalfa is best but either will work. Alfalfa is more nutritious. They will eat the hay. Straw is used for bedding and has little if any nutritional value. Only provide a slab or 2 at a time, not the whole bale.

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