Do chickens like grass?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by haddiemoo, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. haddiemoo

    haddiemoo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 25, 2010
    I have noticed a few posts on the forum where people say their chickens love grass. Do the chickens like to eat this grass or play with it or what?
    Can I just pull some grass out of the ground and feed it to them or do I use lawnmower clippings for them to play in? From the number of posts I have seen about grass I realize that they must like it but in what way? Thanks for the help
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    Chickens love grass! That's what they eat in the wild along with bugs. All chickens should have access to some form of grass. I free range mine and it's lowered my food bills greatly!

  3. allison finch

    allison finch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2009
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Just make sure all grass you give them is not treated in any way. Heavily fertilized grass can be harmful too. I have heard that grass clippings give them pieces of grass longer than they would have if they were tearing at it in the wild. These long pieces could cause a crop problem, couldn't they?
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Oh yes! YUMMY! That's usually the first treat I give chicks.....I pull some grass from the yard and put a little pile of it in the brooder once they're about 3 weeks old. They love it!

    In the winter, if I have chicks in the brooder, the grocery store has little containers of live wheat grass, and they love that!
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Chickens love young, tender grass. It does wonders for improving the quality of the eggs and the meat.

    But chickens are not ruminants. They can only digest it partially so they need other foods for the rest of their diet. It's a great supplement, but can't take the place of regular chicken feed.
  6. Stevo

    Stevo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Howell, NJ
    It does wonders for their poop too. PPPP UUUUUUUUU! [​IMG]
  7. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    In spring we remove birds from winter quarters (no grass) and put them on pasture. The squawk and complain while being caught and transported. Such noise! As we set each bird down they go silent...they are eating grass.
  8. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I pull the fuzzy sticker grass for my girls and my neighbor gives me grass clippings. They go nuts over just about anything green. It makes their egg yolks a dark yellow/orange. Grass fed livestock produces much healthier meat and eggs.
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Hoo yeah they are like cows. Don't give them long pieces of grass, though. They will get crop-bound. Short clippings are ok.
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Do woodchucks chuck wood? Did the little piggie go wee wee wee all the way home? Is Too Tall Jones too tall? My chickens hate grass so much they want to destroy every bit by eating it as soon as it sticks above ground. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010

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