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How about using dry grass clippings for nesting material - it's nice and soft and available - if they eat some I guess it wouldn't hurt - what's your thoughts - thanks

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Seems to me that I read on here that clipped grass is too long, dries up  and can clog up their crop... not sure though. Anybody?


Edited by mmaddie's mom - 5/11/11 at 6:47pm
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How about using dry grass clippings for nesting material - it's nice and soft and available - if they eat some I guess it wouldn't hurt - what's your thoughts - thanks


grass clippings are not a good idea.  Yes, they could eat some.  For one thing, you never know what you will pick up in the lawn..something plastic, string..and two, there are gas fumes that get into grass clippings. 

  I made the mistake of throwing some over for some horses that were being kept in a pasture next to us.  The people that owned the horses noticed what we were doing.  They were very nice about it, but explained the dangers of clipped grass for animals.  Not just horses.  Hope this helps.  smile

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post #4 of 9

I've been feeding my chickens grass clippings for almost two years.

They are all happy and healthy.

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post #5 of 9

I feed them to mine all the time... In my experience, I would think as a nesting material it wouldn't work, because they would eat it all... tongue

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post #6 of 9

I feed mine grass clippings and have never had any problems.

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post #7 of 9

I hope it isn't an issue if the clippings are short. I collect some for the birds and toss into the run.

post #8 of 9

I use an electric mulching mower and always throw the clippings into the run for them to pick through. I spread them in a thin layer throughout the run. It's a great distraction for them, and I've never had any issue.  I hadn't thought about the gas issue because it doesn't apply for me, but it is something to think about.

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post #9 of 9

Mt chickens eat grass clippings all the time. Never had a problem.

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