Grass clippings question.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bridget399, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Bridget399

    Bridget399 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    South Western PA
    Can you use glass clippings inside the coop as an alternative to pine shavings? Just thought it might be a way to save some money... [​IMG]
  2. karl E lutz

    karl E lutz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    My chickens eat grass. But I use straw in my coop and it is much cheeper than pine shavings. Also deep litter is the way to go .
  3. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:The grass clippings will mat down and go slimey smelly if they're not chopped up fine with lots of dry stuff like pine needles and/or wood chips. Or you can let the clippings dry first, then run them through a shredder to mix with other mulch.
  4. Bridget399

    Bridget399 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    South Western PA
    I was afraid that it would rot, but I will try drying them out. If anything they can go in the composter or run. Just thought I would try it and see. It would be great not to have to lug out feed, pine shavings, and whatever else I have to buy at the feed store!
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2010
  5. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Just mow on a super hot day and they should dry pretty quick. The next day mow over it again in the morning (after dew dry). In the afternoon should be really short "hay". Works great. You can also gather dried leaves in the fall and bag them up for use in the winter. I deep bed and will use all the free stuff I can in addition to hay. They love the hay and are constantly scratching/stirring finding all the weed seeds. When cleaning coop it goes straight to the garden as mulch.
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I've also seen many people on here with their birds crops impacted with big balls of grass...
    I want to feed mine grass clippings so bad..but i'm afraid to... [​IMG]
  7. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    I avoid grass clippings because I don't feel like dealing with crop issues. I'd rather use the grass to fertilize the lawn, garden or simply to compost.
  8. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    My Son dumps the grass clippings outside of the run and when they girls come out in the morning they have a wonderful time eating and scratching in it. The grass dries out as the girls spread it around and we are all happy. [​IMG]
  9. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    My next door neighbor swears by Dried old leaves. And sometimes she uses Pine needles - My chickens love them too but mine are free ranged and hers are in pens. They do love to scratch but I would try to use your grass for composting and make a wormy smorgassboard! The chickees will love the wormees Too!
  10. Paco

    Paco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    I use it in nest boxes and dump the rest in the run. They spend hours out there scratching around for food plus you can throw scratch in there to keep them busy.

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