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Do chickens eat grass in their run or must i mow it?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chasiekitten12, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    I was wondering if chickens eat grass right out of the ground. Well do they? Do I need to mow it or is it fine?
     

  2. torrelee

    torrelee Songster

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    They do eat it. If it starts out too tall, sometimes they wont eat it because it is tough I think. If it is shorter to start out with they usually eat it down to dirt! If your flock is too small to eat it all down, mowing would be more for aesthetics than any other reason.
     
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    Trust me...they eat it and soon you'll have all dirt....been there, done that! [​IMG]
     
  4. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    Ok how long do you think it will take to be dirt?
     
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    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    Thanks for the input do i need to plant seeds
     
  6. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler Premium Member

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    How long til it is gone depends on a lot of things.
    Size of run
    number of chickens
    density of grass
    perhaps even the type of grass will impact longevity
     
  7. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    Oh wow! Good to know!
     

  8. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler Premium Member

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    I put 6 pullets in a run that is roughly 200 square feet with grass that had not been cut in months, it was about 7-8 inches high. After only a month you would have been hard pressed to even find so much as a blade sticking through the fence from the outside.

    They are rather rough on the turf. I think most of the destruction of the turf comes from the scratching.

    Some people have gardeners they hire.... I have moonscapers that mostly free load off of me.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chirping

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    How long for 5 chickens in a 144 sq. ft. run?
     
  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Enabler Premium Member

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    I am thinking with all the scratching and dust bathing and eating they will do it wont take long at all. Probably about 3 to 4 weeks.

    I don't mind the dirt floor they have created. Less work for me to mow.
     

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