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Chicks, their yard, and tall grass question

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My chicks are almost 7 weeks old. I have been letting them out in their yard for 20 minute supervised sessions because we have hawks that are just waiting for a chicken dinner. I ordered netting to cover the yard that we will install next week. This is their yard.

I read a comment by another member that you shouldnt let them eat tall grasses ,it will impact their crop and cause illness. My question is, do i need to run out and mow and weed wack all the talll grass in their yard before letting them out full time? They have access to grit.
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When they feed on 'intact' plants, they generally pull off small pieces a bit at a time.  Problems are more likely to occur when birds are fed tall or long grass clippings.  I don't think your pen presents a probable problem for your birds.  The hawks - as you know that's another story.

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Originally Posted by sourland View Post

When they feed on 'intact' plants, they generally pull off small pieces a bit at a time.  Problems are more likely to occur when birds are fed tall or long grass clippings.  I don't think your pen presents a probable problem for your birds.  The hawks - as you know that's another story.
Ok, thank you. I wondered because I have been watching them eat the grass and like you said, they tear off little bits. But I wanted to be sure. :-)
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