grass or sand ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by babychick1946, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. babychick1946

    babychick1946 In the Brooder

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    My chickens have cleared all the grass from their run area and now have bare sand. I saw one of them sticking his head out thru the wired to get at the green tall grass on the other side. Can I put my lawn cuttings in their pen for them?
     
  2. jetdog

    jetdog Songster

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    Yes as long as you don't use fertilizer or pesticides on the grass.
     
  3. RJSorensen

    RJSorensen Chicken George

    My thoughts on this are that the birds can have all of the grass they wish, if and only if they pick it from the blade themselves. Feeding cut grass to chickens can lead to some bad crop conditions. Cut grass, will be eaten whole blades at a time and they are so easy to get that the birds will fill up on them and develop sour crop. Along with grass I would provide grit, if you are not doing so at this time.

    Search for sour crop or other such here on BYC for the details.

    Best to you and your birds,

    RJ
     
  4. bostonam

    bostonam In the Brooder

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    So i stopped using scotts fertilizer for my lawn so the chickens would be safe. Now my yard is looking horrible with the organic fert.. Any suggestions for weed control?
     

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