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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ddumont, Jul 10, 2011.
I was told that you are not suppose to use hay with chickens, only straw and would like to know why?
I've never heard that before.. here where I live no one sells straw. so we have to use hay
Quote:Here too. Besides, I get hay for free. Been using it for 3+ years without a problem.
If your chickens have always had hay and access to grass there are no worries. The problem arises when chickens that do not get free range time or lots of yummy greens all of a sudden get a box stuffed with hay and yipppeee, this stuff is yummy. They end up eating too much too quickly and it becomes a tangled mess in their crops and will often lead to a blocked/sour crop.
Hay is typically fine. Hope this helped with your question