Does anyone know where I can find smaller bales of alfalfa hay?
The regular bales are HEAVY, and more than I need at a time. I have 2 hens and would like to give them alfalfa for orange yolks.
I've been thinking about sowing alfalfa in the yard this year, where do you get the seed from?
If you don't live too far, we could go halves on a bale every now and then. I live in central Phoenix near Arcadia. -Zach
Deborah, How big is your alfalfa garden? How plan on growing it this year to ensure that I will have a supply of hay.
Ernie and Zach, I live in East Coronado and am try trying to find some source of hay and chicken feed in the area. I want to make sure I am able to get chicken supplies before I get chickens. I know there are feed stores in Phoenix, I just don't know if I will always be able to get to them. I bet one of the feed stores or farmers would deliver in the area if enough people were interested.
Grace, you are basically one neighborhood over from me. I go to Gordon Feed and Seed on 7th Ave and Broadway for chicken supplies, but I prefer Western Ranchman on Greenway and 32nd St. in north Phoenix. I go to both depending on where I am at when running other errands. I'd be happy to deliver you some stuff regularly if you need it. I have a truck, and I have to go there anyway at least once a month. My girls go through about 100 lbs. a month of layer pellet. I also buy straw, wood shavings and alfalfa occasionally.
Thanks Zach, I might take you up on your offer. How many chickens do you have?
The small bags are ridiculously expensive at the pet stores, you'd be better off to buy a bale and still toss 3/4 of it in the trash than buy the pet sized bags. If other people with livestock live near you, you could likely offer them a few bucks for a flake or two off their bale.
Deborah, How are you re-using your rock? I moved rock to make room for garden space. Now I have a giant pile of rocks I don't know what to with, another lesson learned.
Jenna, I would gladly pay someone extra money for straw, but if I am going to take on the responsibility of raising chickens I want a guarantee I can get the supplies, that is why I thought it might be better to grow my own alfalfa. I also want the alfalfa for the garden. I was thinking of making an alfalfa fence around the vegetable gardens.
Thanks, you are right, it is hot, that is why I am inside planning fall garden projects. I know you can make planters with the rocks. Take care of your back.
I like the idea of gabbions, I might try that.