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Help! I've been feeding my hens grass :(

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hali74, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. hali74

    hali74 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a newbie when it comes to looking after hens and I've been trying to educate myself on these hens via youtube videos/forums/books etc.. So I watched this video where the hens were set free on grass and they seemed to love it!!

    Seeing this I ran to my local park (I'm from the uk) and I got one full carrier bag of quite long grass would say 4 inches (thinking they'd love it :( ) bad Idea I know since now I'm worried they'll get an impacted crop!!!

    I'm actually petrified at the thought of my girls having their crops sliced open ... I felt one of my girls crop quite hard this evening when I was putting her in her coop - I'm really really hoping it's the food she's had all day & not any grass :(

    I'm going to go check her crop in the morning and remove all the grass that's left ( I doubt there's any left)

    I'm soo scared! I've got olive oil at the ready - how much shall I feed her?


    Thanks guys
     
  2. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    They should be fine. My hens free range all day and eat plenty of grass. Never had one with impacted crop yet.
     
  3. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many chickens do you have? Was the grass freshly mowed? I really don't know how much you gave them but I have been letting my hens forage the freshly mowed grass for a long time now and I have had no problems. They do kind of stuff themselves but I have not had any impacted crops. They eat what they want and move on to insects and other delicacies. I am certainly a new at raising chickens but I thought I would give you my thoughts and experience.
     
  4. hali74

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    Thank you for your reassurance!
    How longs your grass? It's 12am here and I'm tempted to go remove the grass now -_-
     
  5. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    We have six acres of quite long grass and they eat it all day long.
     
  6. hali74

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    I've only got two girls - that's probably why in panicking lol cos they're my only pets - ahh I'm starting to feel better thanks! - I literally went to the park with a yellow rubber glove and ripped the longest grass I could find (soo stupid of me) a plastic carrier full! There's some left - but I can't help but worry that they might be discomforted because of my stupidity!
     
  7. hali74

    hali74 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ahh really? [​IMG] ! I do feel better now... Thank you
     
  8. Flybybirds

    Flybybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will be fine. I have heard and read that hens and roosters eat grass or shall I say graze until they just don't want anymore. They are not stupid by any means. You should see what mined with with a freshly pulled collard bunch!!!!!! Not to worry.
     
  9. MyPetNugget

    MyPetNugget Enjoying the cold!!!

    My hens free range too, and some eat even 6 inch grass. Never had a problem. you should be fine[​IMG]
     
  10. hali74

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    Thank you guys!

    I love this forum and I love my girls haha best pets ever - so greedy! [​IMG]
     

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