grass clipping from mown lawn

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenbythesea, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    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
  2. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    if the mower is in good running condition (not leaking gas) is should be fine.
  3. Honeysucklefeathers

    Honeysucklefeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2011
    western KY
    They like it and it won't hurt them.
  4. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
  5. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    South MS swamps
    Quote:Exactly. A lot of "people food" is harvested by machines that run on oil and gas, too. [​IMG]

    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.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  6. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    thanks... will pass this on to my hubby... [​IMG] maybe he'll believe me now
  7. equusbeth

    equusbeth Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 27, 2011
    Waco, TX
    I was wondering about this too, thanks so much!!!

  8. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    We do it, the girl's just love it!! Sprinkle a handfull of BOSS in w/ the grass clippings & they'll stay entertained for hours!
  9. 92Pony

    92Pony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2010
    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.

  10. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    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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