Timothy Hay question? What do I do with it

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cmcgoun, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. cmcgoun

    cmcgoun Songster

    I saw some timothy hay at walmart today, and figured chickens could do something with it [​IMG]. What do I use it for, Bedding? Food? I am not sure its a green hay, and kinda looks edible but I want to be sure before I give it to them
  2. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Sometimes hay can cause crop inpactions but having 'greenery' in their diet is beneficial so what I do is put it in a blender and sprinkle it on their pellets.
  3. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    That hay is probably for bunnies.....
  4. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    pips&peeps :

    That hay is probably for bunnies.....

    Lots of animals eat hay, but yes, the pet stores sell it mainly for guinea pigs/rabbits/chinchillas etc [​IMG]
  5. cmcgoun

    cmcgoun Songster

    Yep bunnies, chinchillas, but can chickens use it? or will it hurt them
  6. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    It is fine for chickens.. Like hooligan said sometimes it can cause crop impaction. If you want is use it for treats blend it or soak it overnight.
    *Oh, and make sure they have plenty of access to grit if you don't blend it.

    I would use it in the nest boxes. Don't know if the chickens care but it smells nice.

    When I treat my girls with hay type stuff I just but a bag of pelleted hay and soak it for them.. They love it. Alfalfa pellets are a big hit too.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  7. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    Timothy hay is for horses its very course, long stemed. I dont know what U would do with it on chickens.
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I use it in Chook's indoor bed. It does smell nice.

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