FREE food for my chickens!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by maf2008, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. maf2008

    maf2008 Songster

    Feb 19, 2009
    Well I have been visiting the local garbage bin

    (Yes my kids shudder and hide from embarrassment......)

    at the local farmers market to get scraps each week and haul away a trunk load of food each week of crushed melons, bruised veg and fruits... now the harvest season is drawing to a close.

    So I went to webpages/emails of local lawn/landscape companies within a few mile of my home. I have LOTS of chickens to feed and cant free range as we have a creek that chickens will escape to and I cant afford any more losses!

    sooooooooo I have placed the following "ad" on local webpages and on free websites to see if I can get MORE food for free!

    SAMPLE AD What do you think? [​IMG]

    ********** Hi I live near your business in xxxx Texas and am looking for a supplier for well...... "garbage....!" We REALLY NEED grass clippings and lawn trash (fresh no paper or plastic) to feed grass /weedsclippings to our chickens.

    I will trade for free eggs, fresh poultry or live poultry for trash bags or fresh grass /weedsclippings.

    I am looking for a *** regular supplier of grass clippings***

    I can pick up your clippings each week I will pay $$$ in eggs or chickens..... go home with free eggs and chickens! free food for your trash WOW! no strings. Period. ***************

    Well. I hope to have lots of fresh grass clippings so I won't have to free range the hens.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    couldn't hurt.
  3. FLQuailChick

    FLQuailChick In the Brooder

    Sep 17, 2009
    Tampa Bay, FL
    I'd be concerned about getting grass with pesticides on it. You might want to mention "no chemicals" or something in your ad, just to be on the safe side. Good luck. [​IMG]
  4. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Quote:I was thinking the same thing. My parents are older and have a yard service that bags clippings and takes them away. If it's a landscaper or lawn service they I think almost without exception would be using chemicals.
  5. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
    I think it would be more effective to simply call them and ask.
  6. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Songster

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    I'd be worried about the chemicals too as well as impacted crops from eating to much grass. When they eat grass from your yard they peck off little pieces with long strands of cut grass they swallow the whole thing, just food for thought.
  7. maf2008

    maf2008 Songster

    Feb 19, 2009
    I will ask about pesticides. I was thinking more about mowing hayfields and weeds long roadsides and ditches where there may just be cutting grass not from suburban yards with bugs spray and grass chemicals.

    But good ideas to ask. thanks
  8. JewellFarm

    JewellFarm Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Lebanon, Virginia
    I read somewhere not to feed chickens grass clippings. The clippings are longer than what the chicken would normally bite off and eat, therefore the grass can roll around grains and other stuff in the crop causing sour crop, blockages and other nasty problems.
  9. PaintedGemsRanch

    PaintedGemsRanch Songster

    Aug 15, 2009
    Hamilton, Georgia
    Quote:Just watch even doing that, we live in the middle of no where and the county still sprays that roads edges with "weed killers". They do it anywhere, whether it be no traffic or along highways, Ive seen them do it all. [​IMG] Just my opinion though
  10. Brodes

    Brodes In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2009
    Mount Desert, Maine
    I get food for my worms from the local grocery store. They are always throwing out culled produce that cannot be sold. The last batch had about 15 loaves of bread that the chickens loved as much as the papaya that was in there.


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