Can I use this instead...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by whistlin dixie, Apr 29, 2007.

  1. whistlin dixie

    whistlin dixie Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 6, 2007
    grass clippings instead of straw or pine shavings on the floor of my dirt floored coop?
  2. M.J

    M.J Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2007
    Im not all the way sure i know that with grass clippings from a lawn mower will make a horse collic so may be it will not have good effects espcially since your chickens will probly want to eat it and scatch. so i say stick with shavings or straw but thats just me:/
  3. prariechiken

    prariechiken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2007
    I've thrown clippings into the birds before to let them pick through. As long as they haven't been treated with anything, your birds would like picking through them if you were to throw some into their run. The only thing about undried grass in your coop is that it may promote mold growth which isn't healthy for you or your birds.
  4. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    I'm with prairiechiken- the dampness of freshly cut grass will promote mold and bacteria, which you don't want. If the clippings were really really dry, then they would probably be fine, but that would be a big use of your time and effort (constantly turning the clippings, waiting for them to dry, keeping them out of the rain, fluffing them up to prevent mold) so you'd probably be better off using something else.

  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Grass clippings can also cause impacted crops if the birds eat too much.

    If your coop has a dirt floor, put some sand it in. It is soft and the birds like to bathe in it. Pine shavings work best in the nest boxes.

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