Grass clippings for treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bow-chicka-bow-bow, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. bow-chicka-bow-bow

    bow-chicka-bow-bow Out Of The Brooder

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    The past few days, my 8 ladies have been greeting me at the door to the run and wanting to peck at the ground outside the run. They have removed all signs of grass in the run and I think they just want something new to eat. Today, my husband was cutting the grass and put some of the clippings in with the ladies. They went crazy for it.[​IMG] However, I have also heard that too much can cause it to get stuck in their crop and cause problems. I did throw some grit in with it just to be on the safe side.

    Does anyone else give grass clippings and do you think it is safe? I made sure the clippings were relatively small and even took some out because he dumped a whole pile in the run. What are your thoughts or advice?
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    They're fine. I provide grit free choice. Make sure to not give clippings if your lawn is treated with ANY chemicals.
     
  3. 10 point

    10 point country boy

    Feb 19, 2011
    LaFayette, NY
    I do it all the time and have never had a problem. free range chickens eat grass all day and it would be good for your chickens to too. (in my opinion)
     
  4. adgcountrygirl

    adgcountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I did let mine have grass clippings, before all the grass died. Today it is less that 100 degrees. It had been running 108 in the shade or more every day for several weeks!! I also let mine have fresh spinach, frozen blackberries, ect. Next summer they should be able to reach fresh blackberries on their own. I planted them near the fence and I'm sure they will be able to reach some of them.
     
  5. reksat

    reksat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I toss in my cut grass clippings to my RIR but they are not that crazy about it. Must be bad tasting grass right? They scratch around in it a little but thats about all.
     
  6. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    My get them every Sat. (Mowing day) and all week long when ever there out free rangeing. LOL
     
  7. ChickenSahib

    ChickenSahib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure it's short enough.
     
  8. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Illinois
    Quote:Mine just scratch around and look for bugs when the grass clippings is dry when I put them in, it gives them something to do with there time and they seem very happy doing it.
     

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