Grass clipping dilemma

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by barg, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Is it ok to give them grass clippings from a gas powerd lawn mower, or does it get contaminated?
     
  2. jamiebartlett

    jamiebartlett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want to take care that they are not long grass clippings, if the chickens arent able to rip off what they can chew, they swallow it whole and can lead to impacted crop. We had that experience with kids pulling grass out of the ground and giving it to the chickens. One of our girls got impacted crop and I had to put her down because she was suffering. Others may chime in with a different opinion but that's been my experience.
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If your mower has a really sharp blade and the pieces are short (1 inch or so) then they will love you for it and eat like little pigs. The potential problem with impaction comes in when the pieces are 2 and 3 inches long or has the root attached because it was pulled and not cut. Then they can roll up in a ball in the crop. I feed mine clippings all the time and have for over 20 years without an issue.

    I agree with Jamie. Many people, many chickens, many different experiences.
     
  4. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    I have crab grass.
    I didnt know this was a problem and my son has been giving them grass for a few days now, I dont know if they got any real long pieces. The blades of the crabgrass are up to 1/4 inch wide and can be 6 inches long.
    hope no harm has been done so far.
    How would I know if they were impacted?
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They quit eating and will normally regurgitate water they try to take in.

    As long as they pick the long blades apart when eating there is not a problem. Some chickens pick everthing apart while the odd one tries to swallow everything whole. That is when the problem comes in.
     
  6. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Thanks, I guess i'll keep an eye on them, make sure my son isn't feeding the whole blades of grass [​IMG]

    So far everyone seems healthy.
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Clods of dirt with grass attached is good. They can pick the grass off in managable pieces and love poking around in the dirt to see what goodies are there.
     

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