Grass cuttings as winter bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Irishhenman, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have recently put some grass cuttings in one of my hen houses to try as a bedding, and it turned out better than I expected. When I cut one of our smaller lawns I put in all the cuttings in a 4x4 house which gave about a three inch layer on the floor. The grass gives off A LOT of heat as it breaks down and for that reason I think it is brilliant for winter. Other bonuses I have found are that it composts well, is free, the 10 hens in that house love it. I think everyone should try it, I know that I will continue to use it.
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about the increased moisture or are you drying first?
     
  3. Cheyen

    Cheyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think grass might work well combined with the deep litter method, but I've always been advised against grass as bedding on its own unless you dry it out first. [​IMG]
     
  4. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had no problem with excess humidity and I am not drying it out first.
     
  5. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds eat all the grass clipping I put in the run. Do yours?
     
  6. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    I bet they would!
    This spring I should try that.
     

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