Straw Vs. Hay

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ddumont, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. ddumont

    ddumont New Egg

    Jul 10, 2011
    I was told that you are not suppose to use hay with chickens, only straw and would like to know why?
  2. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I've never heard that before.. here where I live no one sells straw. so we have to use hay
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Here too. Besides, I get hay for free. Been using it for 3+ years without a problem.
  4. NottinghamChicks

    NottinghamChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 [​IMG]

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