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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mommysongbird, Jul 2, 2011.
Can chickens eat the timothy hay that one would buy for rabbits and other small animals?
I have bought timothy hay for my horses in the past but I would not recommend feeding it to your chickens. IMO it could cause crop problems. Now I would recommend getting alfalfa and letting your chickens have the leaves.
It's widely used for rabbits...not sure on chickens tho.
Have heard others say it is hard to get them interested in it... I feed alfalfa and they think it's the best thing since peanut butter
we live where I can get fresh alfalfa as it grows, they LOVE it...I tie the stems together and hang it in the run...they go crazy picking the leaves and bits off...not heard anything good about the Timothy hay, we have rabbits also, and would not give it to the chickens...
Okay, I was thinking that I had read something some where about it not being the best thing for them, but they could eat it. We don't even get it a lot for our rabbit, just every once in a while.
There are alfalfa fields around here, but I don't think the owners would appreciate me 'raiding' their crops. LOL
Quote: No, I don't think they'd like that either.
My Silkies LOVE grass type hay
Quote:slightly OT but rabbits should have free-choice hay (non alfalfa) at all times.
I soak timothy/alfalfa hay cubes for my goats twice a day mix one pound of goat chow in it....divide it between the goats and the chickens get the leftovers..they go crazy for it! The chickies know it's coming and hoover around me. It soaked in hot water so the stems are real soft. I've also used the alfalfa pellets with equal excitement from the girls!