Grass in the Brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shogun99, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ladies and Gents,

    I just moved all of my chickens and their brooder outside with their heatlamp. They've been outside 3 days and seem to love it a whole lot more than the garage in the kiddie pool. They're quite happy I must report!

    I did have a question though. I don't have any straw and I decided to line the bottom of their brooder which was just dirt, with the grass clippings from my yard. My thought was that it had bugs in it (which they'd eat) and it would give them more to play around in.

    Their response? THEY LOVED IT! They scratch around in it, dig little "nests" (at 3 weeks old) and roll in it like dogs...well some do.

    My question is...is the grass an ok flooring for the brooder for now?? Thanks.

    Ryan
     
  2. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    we've done this too. worked great.
     
  3. tattooedchickenlady

    tattooedchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see why not, we put down hay in our run because they ate the grass, and when it rains we have a mud hole!
    They're happy and it's free!
     
  4. crzychicken

    crzychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a Newbie and not sure if it's OK. We put grass clippings in ours and it was to thick the grass started to mold from the heat it made from decomposing process.
    Crzychicken
    Jody
     

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