Can I give my chickens any kind of green grass

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by denco5, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. denco5

    denco5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 18 chickens, a mix of all kinds. They are not able to free range due to several hawks in the area. they do have a nice 30 X 40 run that they enjoy. The run is now all dirt no grass. Can I pull grass of any kind and feed to them? Does it need to be cut up in smaller pieces or will they take care of it all by themselves?
     
  2. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tender little bits of grass are best IMO. But they can eat all kinds of grass. You can run into trouble with long tough grasses. They can get stuck in the crop and cause a stoppage which then ends up in "sour crop". I usually try to pull up the grass, roots and all for my chickens. That way they have a better chance of pulling off bits of grass. But I do give them everything I pull up, even if it is timothy and breaks off at the roots. I have not had that much trouble with long tough grasses. Maybe because they also get a lot of dirt with the roots of at least some of the grass. We also feed a lot of weeds. We just pull what we have and feed it to them.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    So long as it's not too rank and tough I always just pulled whatever was handy and fed it. It's best when it's young and tender.
     
  4. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure they have some grit along with the grass.
     
  5. squiqwe

    squiqwe Out Of The Brooder

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    does the run get enough light to growclover? If so I would spilt it in half and grow clover my girls luv it. it takes only a couple weeks to grow. after clearing the garden I planted it. now with the snow I just clear snow off a patch and sod cut a couple of shovel fulls.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  6. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
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    I rake up my grass clippings and dump them in the run thet gobble them up in no time. Greens are good for chickens
     
  7. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
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    Does that include clippings from a ride on mower?
     
  8. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
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    Quote:yep if I had a bagger I wouldnt have to rake lol. My free range birds eat grass all the time.
     
  9. Petej

    Petej Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't bag my clippings, I let the chickens do that part!

    They love it when I mow the lawn!
     
  10. krazeepolack

    krazeepolack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:yep if I had a bagger I wouldnt have to rake lol. My free range birds eat grass all the time.

    I have a neighbor 1/2 mile down the road that grows grass on his desert property. (very adept green thumb) He gives me the clippings(usually within the hour) & I give him chicken droppings. I toss in the clippings, & the girls [​IMG] [​IMG] work it over instantly. [​IMG]
     

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