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Is it okay to give chickens mowed grass?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PineShavings, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. PineShavings

    PineShavings Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 2, 2013
    I have a small tree in my backyard and I just started dumping the freshly mowed grass around it so the chickens can dig around in it. Is this okay? Are there still remnants of gas in the grass? Can it harm the chickens if they eat it?
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Unless you spilled some gas, there will be none in the grass, and it won't harm the birds
  3. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our girls love a good dig in mowed grass. I throw a catcher full into the run from time to time and let them have at it!
  4. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 3, 2012
    I usually don't use a bag for mowing and leave the clippings behind(better for your lawn). I do on occasion bag some and dump it into each run. They love it and gives them hours of scratching around fun. It is not unhealthy for them at all.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2013
  5. BrendaJ

    BrendaJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2012
    It has never harmed my flock - they love grass clippings. Good point made above about "gas" & make sure there is no chemicals on the clippings. My flock gobble up the clippings from the mower [​IMG]
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I always put clippings in the run. Just make sure your birds have a source of grit, either natural or granite, to help grind up the grasses.

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