Lawn Substitute Okay for Hens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kacey Elle, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. Kacey Elle

    Kacey Elle Songster

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    I don't have a traditional turf lawn. Instead, I have a California native meadow with Blue-Eyed Grass. Is it okay if my hens range through it and possibly eat the grass or seeds? Anything toxic? Would they even want to eat it?

    http://calscape.org/Sisyrinchium-bellum-(Blue-Eyed-Grass)
     
  2. X_and_Z

    X_and_Z Chirping

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    This is a pretty good paper on native rangeland plants that may be toxic:

    http://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8398.pdf

    Blue Eyed Grass is not listed, but you might want to review it in case other plants in your mix are listed.

    I would be more worried that your chickens will destroy your meadow grass. In general it doesn't handle traffic well and chickens can be pretty tough plants.
     

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