leaves and grass clippings

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tav1, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thought I read something about putting clippings in the pen. so I started doing just that and I see that they are really picking and eating that stuff. is it good for them? or are they finding but and what not.
     
  2. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Most will agree that clippings are fine, as long as they are not too long, no pesticides, and grit is also available.

    I have never had a problem.
     
  3. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that stuff is great.
    I use a coop with earth floor that gets my yard clippings, kitchen waste, wood stove ash and the occasional bale of straw and peat moss.
    I'm looking forward to scraping out all of this black gold in the spring.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Mine get them all the time, never had any issues.
     
  5. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This will be my 2nd winter with them ,I used cut straw but lately I started with clippings they seem to like it.

    I can see the above mention but stove ash....hmmm.
     
  6. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a common compost additive and I notice them using it as a dust bath and the larger pieces as grit.
    I don't even spread it, just dump in a pile and watch the girls go totally Berserker in it.

    Just to be clear... I am working out of ashes that I stockpiled last season. No embers here!!
     
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  7. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also go through the (silly?) trouble of collecting a few my neighbors newspapers to shred along with my leaves.
    All of it goes into my Avian compost machine!
    Sometime around Feb I will rake it all out and give it several weeks in my compost spinner.
     
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  8. DeedeesInn

    DeedeesInn Out Of The Brooder

    my hens get our grass clippings and also our neighbor's. They absolutely love getting the lawn mower contents! It's a party every time. I also use it as coop floor covering. It's free and it works!
     
  9. ttakas

    ttakas Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like I may need a bagger for my riding mower. Never thought about giving my guys clippings. Bet they would love them.
     
  10. tav1

    tav1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They pick and kick up a storm....they love um
     

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