How soon to add green vegetation

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RBOutdoors, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. RBOutdoors

    RBOutdoors Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age should I start adding green grass in the brooder. The rye grass is green and needs to be cut so I was going to add a couple handfuls.
     
  2. linkedsilas

    linkedsilas Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont know the answer to that but from other things I have read. people say to be careful because sometimes they cannot get the grass blade small enough and swallowing one that is too long can become a problem and tangle up. Thats what I have read in a few places
     
  3. Madjohn85

    Madjohn85 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will wait for a response to this post, too.
     
  4. Erica

    Erica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I start feeding greens right from day one. However grass needs to be chopped very small for little chicks.

    Young grass is best because it's higher in protein and easier to digest. But other weeds like chickweed (aptly named) and dandelion are fabulous green pick for young chickens.

    Best wishes
    Erica
     
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    What I find is best is if you get a run, and let them out in the yard to eat the grass themselves for a while. This means they can pick the greens to a size that they can comfortably eat.

    If this isn't possible, as is the case for us, finely chopped should do fine. We kept the chicks with grass in their brooder from day one too.
     

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