Premium Feather Member
- Jun 22, 2021
I have a reasonably large "lawn" that I mow with an electric mower. I just started using grass clippings in my run (not the coop) after reading about it on here. My clippings are only part grass and have a good mix of clover and other edible plant goodies, and it also has really helped to control mud in the run. I had way more grass clippings than I could reasonably put in the run all at once, so I tried to store some in a plastic cart in an open shed to keep it dry. That worked for a bit and I was able to use a little bit more of it a couple days later, but a few more days later I found the rest soggy and moldy at the bottom despite being protected from the rain. I'd like to figure out how to store future clippings better and for longer since it's a free source of material for the run that also gives the chickens something to pick through for snacks. I could try to spread the fresh clippings really thin on a tarp to dry quickly in the sun, but unfortunately I doubt I'll be able to get enough sun to both mow and dry before it rains again! Is there some other trick I can use to dry and store grass clipping without it molding when it's cool and humid? Would storing the excess fresh clippings in something like burlap or a hay net help at all (vs the solid-sided cart I already tried)?