Grass and Clover

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JeannieWish, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. JeannieWish

    JeannieWish Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have a question please
    I am moving my hens next week To better area of the garden.
    They will have a lot more space to roam freely
    The space is made up of clover.
    How will I know if my hens are eating too much?
    Or will they just stop when full?
    Thank you xxx
     
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  2. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will stop when they are full. Or you can just check their crops.

    HS Pye
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    They're much better at self regulating than we are. They'll eat what they need and save the rest for later.
     
  4. JeannieWish

    JeannieWish Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you both very much for replying.

    I'm quite new at keeping chickens,tho as a child we always had chickens.

    The run that I have is very very muddy and it really really annoys me lol

    Not too sure if it annoys my hens or not.

    I put fresh straw down a lot but we live in Ireland and it is always raining here, so the straw gets wet and it either disintegrates or I rake it up and put fresh straw down, it's really time consuming and we go through so much straw as well.

    Any advice would be gratefully received here [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Thank you x
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I"m in the pacific northwest. Probably not as rainy as you, but plenty. I just have part of the run covered to give them a dry area and the rest is just muddy. The coop is dry also. They choose to be in or out, I don't have a door between the two. They hang out in the dry area a lot, but love scratching for worms after it rains!
     
  6. JeannieWish

    JeannieWish Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Donrae,
    Thank you for replying.
    I think I will have to put half of the run under cover.
    My chicks have access to their coop but rarely go into it of a day, they love to scratch about.
    It has to be raining quite heavily for my chicks to go inside, but they're Irish hahaha

    Thanks again x
     

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