Fresh grass clippings

klevesque

Songster
10 Years
Sep 11, 2009
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My hens are caged in their run. We don't let them free range because we have 25 of them plus we have a lot of chicken hawks around.

I do want them to have access to the grass so I thought maybe I could throw in a bunch of grass clippings after hubby has mown the lawn.

Is this ok?
 

Elena712

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 31, 2010
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If there is any bug poison on the grass, then no! they'll get sick and even maybe die!
 
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schellie69

Songster
10 Years
Oct 8, 2009
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Kansas
as long as not weed killer or anything like that has been used then you should be okay no once they get bigger you should be able to free range the girls since I don't think a hawk can carry off a full size hen.
 

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
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Be alert for crop impaction problems, too. When a hen is grazing, she clips off bits of grass with her beak. She can't do this with pieces of grass that have already been cut, so she's left to slurp them up like noodles.

Which reminds me...that's exactly what one of our hens did with a small grass snake she spotted yesterday. First she picked it up and whacked it down several times to kill it. Then ....slurp!
 

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