Hay

 

We recently moved to a more rural area, and OUT of a subdivision.  Which is great because Goose has more room to play and we have more room for our dogs and a garden, and a few other animals.  This year we added chickens to our list of pets, and they have the added benefit of providing us with eggs.

This is Mailman
This is “Mailman” and one of the hens. At about 6ish weeks.

I had never had chickens, so I did a lot of research, and I knew that they would need an area to nest, and some bedding type stuff to make a nest out of.  We went through A LOT of stuff to find things that they would like to nest and lay eggs in.

They started out laying eggs beside out AC/Heating Unit. That worked until our unit died, and they didn’t like the repairman messing in their area.  Next, they discovered that they could lay eggs in the tomato plants.  That stopped when I started picking the tomatoes. Finally they decided to start laying eggs in their pen. Mostly in the grass clippings, but once the grass clippings would blow or wash away, they would go back to laying in random spots.  So I decided to try some rabbit hay.

"Mailman" and a hen at 8 months old.
“Mailman” and a hen at 8 months old.

I found some timothy hay at rabbitholehay.com that they LOVE.  I got a 1lb box to review, and it has held up to my crazy chickens.  Now, the timothy hay that I got is meant for rabbits, and though I don’t have rabbits any more, I thought it was worth a try for the chickens.

Gerdie
This is the rabbit I had for a very long time named Gerdie.

I got the first cutting, which means the hay is a little more stiff and has more of the seed head things on it.  If I still had my rabbit, this would be great for her teeth, and it would provide her with more nutrition than the 2nd or 3rd cutting.

Overall, I am impressed with the quality of this hay.  My chickens love it.  I do wish I still had a rabbit so that the rabbit could try the hay out, too.

If you have a rabbit or any other animal that would enjoy some timothy hay, The Rabbit Hole and I would like to give one you a pound of 1st cut timothy hay. All you have to do is fill out the form below to enter the contest.

If you have missed the giveaway (sad day), but would still like to check out more about The Rabbit Hole, you can go to their website : http://www.rabbitholehay.com/, and also on the following social media sites:

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