If chickens eat rye grass seed...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Jubilee1111, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Jubilee1111

    Jubilee1111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I planted winter Rye today because we finally got some rain. If the chickens eat the seed, will some of it that is pooped out still be viable? I know a lot of it will be ground in digestion but can some of it make it through unharmed?

    This is spread out over 3 acres. In the past I have always had seriously lush grass in spite of them eating a ton of the seed.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I think everything that passes through the gizzard - and that should be everything they eat - is ground to paste so I don't think any that passes through is viable. Your field may have been made lush due to some duck fertilizer! [​IMG]
     
  3. Jubilee1111

    Jubilee1111 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't think much would make it through but was optimistic. Thanks for your feedback. But, no, LOL, the nice grass was probably just my intense top-seeding and chickens/dogs/deer free ranging on it all year [​IMG] I only have Whistlers visit and they stick to the tops of the buildings.
     
  4. All4MrD8a

    All4MrD8a Out Of The Brooder

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    I disagree. A large minority of these seeds do sprout. That's how plants are spread. Birds eat and fly off. They deficate in a different area and spread those weeds/wild flowers to a different location.
     

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