help!! Can chickens eat cut grass

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by raskusbo, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. raskusbo

    raskusbo In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2009
    Fareham, Hampshire UK
    we are getting 8 ex-battery hens on saturday and want to know if they can eat cut grass as an extra treat and also suet blocks and mealworms should they be live or fried or either.
    any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks Vicki

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Well, Live chickens will eat better than fried chickens. [​IMG]
    Sorry couldn't help myself.

    First off [​IMG]

    Yes to all three. Some on here say to not give long blades of grass to chickens cause it could ball up in their crop and cause an impaction. My chickens love the suet blocks I make for the wild birds. They hang out under them. Lots of people raise mealworms for their chickens, never heard of frying them. Maybe if people are eating them w/ ketchup. [​IMG]

    Imp- Good of you to rescue ex battery hens. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2009
  3. raskusbo

    raskusbo In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2009
    Fareham, Hampshire UK
    Thanks for your help really appreciate it, saves throwing away the grass cuttings if they can make use of it.
    Will get some suet blocks and some fried mealworms as a treat - mmm mealworms in yoghurt!!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:I throw all my grass cuttings in the run, during the summer. Or in the compost bin (which is the hens second home)

    Imp- I prefer fried earthworm. [​IMG]
  5. schmije

    schmije Songster

    Aug 25, 2008
    Peoria, IL

  6. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    After about the third time mowing the lawn the chickens figured out that they are going to get grass clippings. They now get very excited when they see me getting the lawn mower out. Fresh grass clippings seems to be one of their favorite foods.

    Before you give them the grass clippings though you should consider how long it has been since (if) you put any chemicals on the lawn. I use very few chemicals. I always keep chemicals to a minimum. In the spring I usually use a granular fertilizer (NOT Weed and Feed) once and spray a liquid broad leaf weed killer. Next spring (I am new to chickens this year) I will wait at least three weeks and 2 or 3 mowings before I give them grass clippings. I will also keep them confined to their coop and run during this time. I may even skip the fertilizer completely or only fertilize a couple of small problem areas. It can get expensive to fertilize a large lawn (about 1/3 acre).
  7. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    Grass clippings are fine, as long as they're short. A couple of my hens got impacted crops when we were feeding them long blades of grass. If the grass is tall when I'm mowing, I just run over it a couple of times to chop it up. Works great, and the hens love it.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  8. raskusbo

    raskusbo In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2009
    Fareham, Hampshire UK
    We don't tend to treat our lawn with dogs there is not much point - what about dog wee can they still have the grass - i think i am going to be a paranoid chicken mother!
  9. vstoltzfus

    vstoltzfus Songster

    Aug 10, 2009
    Lancaster County, PA
    This post brought back memories of that book, How to Eat Fried Worms. Anyway, what grass we have that doesn't get stored for the winter for the guinea pig gets thrown into the chicken run. They love it!

  10. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Canton, N.C.
    I have learned over the last year--- --Mine have free choice layer pellets and water--all the time -They eat whatever I could eat--but did not--leftover supper becomes chicken food--garden produce extra or buggy becomes chicken food, apples/pears/berrys/stuff that grows in my yard, or could, is chicken food. ---They like bugs and worms, and I show them spots in the yard where these are available.- --Mice have become rare in my shed/garden and yard. --I let them eat what they want--and use the like little garbage cans. I can see no reason to worry about what they eat. This said I give them my leftovers as PART of there basic layer pellet diet.

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