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Silage, it works!

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Last winter season my area received an inordinate amount of small snow and ice storms.

 

My birds refused to step outside on the snow and ice. They remained voluntary "cooped up" for weeks on end, as the cold temperatures hampered the melting process.

 

This past growing season, I decided to try my luck with producing silage, with the thought of covering the snow with this edible treat.

 

I won't go into details as to how I made it, as all my research was derived from this site, but what a pleasant surprise.

 

The picture below shows the silage on top of 18" of snow in their run!

 

This silage was from an April cutting 10 months ago... 

 

and yes, that is a friend's gorgeous front lawn turf grass pesticide free.

 

 

The birds seem to enjoy it.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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post #2 of 5

Do you know about how long the grass pieces are in general?  I know when I've looked into this there was concern about crop impaction due to length of grass cuts.

 

Looks beautiful, nicely done!

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Originally Posted by LBKS View Post
 

Do you know about how long the grass pieces are in general?  I know when I've looked into this there was concern about crop impaction due to length of grass cuts.

 

Looks beautiful, nicely done!

 

By design, the lawn was cut using a mulching blade.

 

The lengths seem no longer than an inch or two. 

 

My issue now is that it was so easy, I made way too much... Not sure why, but I thought it would shrink...

 

Next year I will start using it before the first snowfall...

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

Reply
post #4 of 5

I just throw some scratch out onto the snow, that gets most of them used to walking on the snow.....

....use some straw or hay out if it gets icy.

 

 

Do you have a thread about how you did this silage thing?

Am curious.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 5
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Start your research here.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/516459/making-your-winter-feed-now-silage

 

I had my master gardener friends bag their lawn for me when the grass looked about right last spring.

 

Now I'm looking for some goats in need...  :/

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

Reply

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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