Feeding lawn to chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Phelanite, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Phelanite

    Phelanite In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2009
    Phelan, California
    Ok this my be a rookie question but, I think I read you can feed lawn clippings to the chickens and at what age should be fine?
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    remembering that grass clippings need granite grit to grind the grass
    also the chicks can get crop bound when feeding them this

    so do not put a lot of the clippings into the chicks when starting
    just what they will clean up in 20 minutes

    also have feeder of grit available

    I never fed mine this till they were 4 months old

    I never wanted to be having crop bound chicks

    email me any questions
  3. Phelanite

    Phelanite In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2009
    Phelan, California
    Ok I'm taking the clippings out of my fenced yard for the chicks I gave them a couple of hand fulls shared by 50 chicks so I don't think they got much and they are still in the coup. I figured that it couldn't hurt since it seems that they eat everything else including the wood shavings in the bottom of the coup. I do have sand in the bottom with the wood shavings as well a couple of inches of sand and about 4 barrels of wood shavings. Thanks for the heads up.
  4. dsedler

    dsedler Chirping

    Mar 27, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    As long as you have sand down that they can eat as grit, there is nothing wrong with a few handfuls of grass. Esp. with 50 chicks. I have 16 that are 3 weeks old and they get a handful of grass a couple times a day. They have a pan of sand that I put in there so they could dust bathe. I do try and make sure they are small pieces of grass because it seems to really bother them when they can't get the long pieces out of their mouth.
  5. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    My chickens were afraid of the mower. I started putting some clippings in the run and now when i mow they stand in the run looking at me like...aren't you done yet, we want our treats. They especially love the st. augustine grass.
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My hens wait for me to get through mowing and are all over the mowed yard. They do have grit available, and are full grown. I don't know whether they are more after the grass or the bugs, though.
  7. aank4

    aank4 In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    I used to feed my chicks chunks of sod - there would be little rocks and sand (to serve as grit) and possibly a worm or bug or two in the dirt part of the sod, and the grass to nibble on, and lots of entertainment for the chickies. Seemed to do just fine.

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