Grass seed safe for free ranging chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jalen911, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. jalen911

    jalen911 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I'd love to throw some grass seed down on this yucky, muddy, shady area of our yard...I'm worried the hens will eat the seed. Will it hurt them?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    No, the seed won't hurt the birds. They will, however, probably eat all the seeds and you won't get any grass. I'd look for a way to keep them off the area until the grass is fairly well rooted, or it will simply be an exercise in futility.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Yup, I would toss grass seed out at night after the chickens were locked up. The next morning when I let them out, they would make a bee-line to the seed. I swear they could smell it - it was like candy to them!
     
  5. jalen911

    jalen911 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ha ha! Glad to know it won't hurt them, I'll have to find a way to keep them off that area:)
     

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