Grass seed safe for free ranging chickens?

jalen911

In the Brooder
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Sep 4, 2013
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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?
 

donrae

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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.
 

BantamLover21

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Jul 24, 2013
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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.

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Sjisty

Scribe of Brahmalot
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May 18, 2009
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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!
 

jalen911

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 4, 2013
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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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