I 've been reading online about the potential problems that can occur after a chicken eats long grass - apparently they can get a crop impaction Obviously, I can mow my own lawn to control it's length. But my chickens are often allowed to free range nearby on utility land and parkland nearby - I can't really control the length of this grass! How much of a problem is it? Are you just unlucky if they get a crop impaction or is it almost certain to happen? It's hasn't happened so far in the 6 months I've had them. I guess I could keep them locked up in their run, but they love free ranging so much! They call out to me when they hear me get home from work, demanding to be let out! Appreciate anyone's experiences with this.
is long grass a problem?
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Edited by OrganicFarmWife - 3/26/16 at 6:53am
Interesting. Now I don't have to worry about my adult girls but I have 6 new chicks this year and they seem to struggle with long grass (4" or more in length) I only mow my front yard and part of my back yard (where my dogs run) but let a good bit of it grow out for my birds.
A few times a week, I'll go out and hand cut grass for the chick to put in their brooder so they can get some variety in their diet and get the nutrition from fresh grass. I free feed my babies grit but I've noticed that if I give them long grass, they seem to choke on it. Not gonna lie, it's freaked me out several times. These are my first chicks so I'm sure I'm just being paranoid about them but, should I be cutting the grass into shorter pieces or should I just throw it in their brooder whole?
Edited by rIrs roost - 3/28/16 at 2:21pm