FEEDING GRASS TO CHICKENS

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Glenda Heywoodo, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FEEDING GRASS TO CHICKENS.

    Glenda Heywood
    YOU NEED TO CUT THE GRASS IN SMALLER SIZES FOR THE CHICKENS TO EAT.
    Chickens when free ranging do not goble long pieces of grass,
    as they do when in captivity of the chicken housed flocks are.
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    Grit in its use is not the factor in this information.


    The grit is in the gizzard which is NOT the crop,
    where the feed eaten by the chicken goes FIRST..
    The way this works is the chicken keeps stuffing long pieces of grass in its beak and this goes to the crop.
    In the crop it continues to wind around and around and makes a laege hard ball of grass.


    Then the chicken can't get rid of it.

    . Thus one needs to do crop surgery on the bird.
    If you are not strong enough to do the surgery your self,
    then the only thing is finding a vet to do the surgery.
    And vets usually charge any thing over $100.00 to do this SURGERY.
    Which I have done many times as having pouter pigeons they eat grains and some of the grains are not small enough to go thru the crop hole to the gizzard.


    So because I did not have money to spend on vets,
    I learned how.
    YOU have to take in consideration that I was raised up on a working farm in the 40's thru the 80's and learned to be sufficient in my work.
    The crop surgery really is not hard and had a fellow from Georgia call me one nite at 1:30 in the morning and give him and his wife a walk thru the surgery on a very expensive large fowl cochin.
    So it is do able and necessary if that is what has to be done
    I have a nice version of it given me by a friend and it is some what easy to do and very safe.
    The surgery procedure is on BYC
    Put my name and crop surgery into browser here and it should come up.
    You shoul find the article on CROP SURGERY.


    Now back to
    Hay and alfalfa
    I always hung a piece of baled alfalfa wrapped in a piece of chicken wire from the ceiling to 12-18 inches from the floor.
    Very good for the chickens as they pick the leaves off the stems.
    restock when it is just stems.
    Fresh alfalfa is good as it is small leaves and the chickens do eat it.
    Hay perse' is not much on it if not alfalfa.
    That is why people use it for beding as it is stems mostly.
    ANY QUESTIONS JUST ASK HERE.


    I would appreciate comments
    Glenda L Heywood Cassville Missouri
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2017
  2. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Glenda Heywoodo, I have seen a couple of your posts and I have to say that I don't understand them. Are you looking for an answer to the question at the beginning of your post? It looks like you have cut and pasted choppy answers/advice below them. Are you looking for input as to whether that is accurate advice? Or are you just randomly posting information that you think might be useful to someone or are you looking to start a discussion on the subject?
     
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  3. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fully wrote this article and did not cut and paste any thing.
    I would like any advise some one can give on the subject.
    I would hope it is informative to help any one needing the experience I gave.
    thanks for asking.
    Sorry if my method of writing a article on poultrys not satisfactory enough.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    @Glenda Heywoodo - It's very interesting and beneficial to BYC that you share you wealth of knowledge, but maybe by creating "articles" on various topics may be worth a thought [​IMG]If you were to consider this approach - here's a link on how to do so - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/article-tutorial

    I sincerely hope that you take this suggestion in the spirit in which it is intended.

    Best wishes
    CT
     
  5. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well hopefuly you all can read and get something out of my information
     
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    irfxr Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm glad I read your post as I was getting ready to pull some clumps of grass today and give it to my chickens. After all the rain we have had grass is tall and everywhere !!!
     
  7. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if YOU PULL THE CLUMPS OF GRASS AND LEAVE THE SOIL ON THE CLUMPS.
    THE CHICKENS WIL HAVE TO BITE THE GRASS OFF LIKE IF THEY WERE,
    EATING IT FREE RANGE.

    IT IS WHEN YOU BREAK THE GRASS OFF IN LONG STRIPS,
    IT IS THEN HARD FOR CHICKENS TO BITE IT OFF IN SMAL PIECES.
    So do as you can for their safely using small pieces of grass
     

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