FEEDING Cut Yard grass

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DLS, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got one of those city lawn mowers with a bag on it(found it in the trash & took it home & fixed it). Any way I catch 2 or 3 bags of grass every day for my 23 hens. They seem to really look foreward to getting the grass. They get all kitchen scraps. & 20% laying pellets . I wonder if they are filling up on grass & not eating enough 20% pellets? That might slow the laying down? Or not? they are 22 weks old & I am getting 12 eggs or so a day
    what do y'all think?
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008
  2. cmcgoun

    cmcgoun Chillin' With My Peeps

    How big is your yard! When I cut my yard which is 1 acre, I get 2 bags and I do this once a week! Unless you have a huge pasture I don't think its possible! But if you do make sure it cuts the grass up pretty small so it wont get caught up and cause problems with the crop! And otherwise chickens love grass! Its their favorite treat at my house.
     
  3. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I must have thicker grass,. I just mow maybe 2 minuits & it is FULL .The rest of my yard is 15 acres & I mow with eather a bush hog or a finishing mowe4r on the tractor [​IMG] I was just wondering if the grass would have any bearing on egg production because I know that the eat less pellets with the grass.. Thank you
    Dan
     
  4. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never noticed a drop in egg production and mine have access to grass all the time except night. They eat all they want and still I see them back at the coop at their feeder several times a day to eat a good bit of their feed, though mine is layer crumbles and not pellets. And they still come begging for scraps and snacks. As long as your shells aren't thin I think they would just be thriving on all the nice green feed. And you'll get nice deep color yolks to boot. [​IMG]
     
  5. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As I am mowing the lawn the chickens will eat the cut grass as it come out of the mower onto the grass I don't use a bag, sometimes they get in my way trying to get at the freshyt cut grass and I have to bump them out of the way.
     
  6. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I guess as long as they don't get TOO in the way. That could be bad! [​IMG]
     
  7. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They actually surprised me that they aren't afraid of the mower, yes that could be bad.
     
  8. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    if you run one over....my , my,. my
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Quote:I agree. Mine also go into the coup several times a day and pick at their feed. I also use crumbles.
     
  10. Michigan Chickman

    Michigan Chickman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 30+ RIR girls and they LOVE grass clippings. It's been a couple weeks since they got any though because it hasn't really rained where I am in Michigan in 2 weeks!
     

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