grass clipping from mown lawn

chickenbythesea

Songster
8 Years
Jun 15, 2011
513
4
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Nova Scotia
I have read here a few times that you all put your grass clippings from mowing your lawn in your runs for your chickens. Is that ok? The grass is coming into contact with oil and gas from your mower... wouldn't that be bad for them? I thought you could but hubby says no... just wondering what you all do? thanks
 

WalkerH

Songster
8 Years
Apr 5, 2011
348
2
111
Southern Maryland, USA
We have always. Have never had an issue with it. had to keep the ducks in a semi-muddy area for a bit, so I covered the ground with clippings, which they loved. It attracted the bugs and they were entertained by mulling around in it.
 

Clay Mudd

Songster
8 Years
Mar 28, 2011
593
46
178
South MS swamps
Quote:Exactly. A lot of "people food" is harvested by machines that run on oil and gas, too.


FWIW, I throw a load or two of grass clippings into the run about every other time I mow, and the chickens love it, and are quite healthy.
 
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92Pony

Songster
9 Years
Mar 1, 2010
159
4
111
South Carolina
When I mow, the first bag or two goes to the chickens. Mine LOVE it! In less than 5min, that neat, tall pile is strewn from one end of the run to the other. As I mow, I see crickets, grasshoppers, and spittle-bugs hopping out in front of the mower. No doubt a number of those end up in the bagger with the clippings - treats for the girls to find in the clippings!

The only time I avoid putting clippings in there is if I have recently treated for weeds or insects. I'll wait a week or two, or until we've had a good rain to be sure there isn't the danger of passing the chemicals on.


Wade
 

krcote

Songster
11 Years
May 21, 2008
2,104
30
204
Concord, NH
We did this the last time we mowed and the gals just loved it! We had such long grass that we had enough to cover the whole run. I thew some scratch into the mix and I think I saw them leaping for joy.
 

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