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Grass clippings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JoePa, May 11, 2011.

  1. JoePa

    JoePa Songster

    Apr 18, 2011
    Lehigh County Pa.
    How about using dry grass clippings for nesting material - it's nice and soft and available - if they eat some I guess it wouldn't hurt - what's your thoughts - thanks

  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    Seems to me that I read on here that clipped grass is too long, dries up and can clog up their crop... not sure though. Anybody?
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Quote:grass clippings are not a good idea. Yes, they could eat some. For one thing, you never know what you will pick up in the lawn..something plastic, string..and two, there are gas fumes that get into grass clippings.

    I made the mistake of throwing some over for some horses that were being kept in a pasture next to us. The people that owned the horses noticed what we were doing. They were very nice about it, but explained the dangers of clipped grass for animals. Not just horses. Hope this helps. [​IMG]
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've been feeding my chickens grass clippings for almost two years.

    They are all happy and healthy.
  5. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hickory Flat, MS
    I feed them to mine all the time... In my experience, I would think as a nesting material it wouldn't work, because they would eat it all... [​IMG]
  6. Brick243

    Brick243 Songster

    Mar 13, 2008
    Southeast Oklahoma
    I feed mine grass clippings and have never had any problems.
  7. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    I hope it isn't an issue if the clippings are short. I collect some for the birds and toss into the run.

  8. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

    Mar 18, 2010
    stamford, ct
    I use an electric mulching mower and always throw the clippings into the run for them to pick through. I spread them in a thin layer throughout the run. It's a great distraction for them, and I've never had any issue. I hadn't thought about the gas issue because it doesn't apply for me, but it is something to think about.
  9. fobpatdgurl18

    fobpatdgurl18 In the Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    North Wilkesboro
    Mt chickens eat grass clippings all the time. Never had a problem.

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