Fresh grass clippings

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by klevesque, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Yes you can and they'll love you for it!! [​IMG]

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  3. klevesque

    klevesque Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I thought but I didn't want to assume and get them sick. Thanks!!
     
  4. Elena712

    Elena712 Out Of The Brooder

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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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  5. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  6. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure that there's no gasoline or oil on the clippings if it's a motorized lawnmower...
     
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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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!
     
  8. gogoalie

    gogoalie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Elmo, what would be some symptoms of crop impaction? & How would you deal with it? Thanks...
     
  9. elmo

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