too much grass

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickynparadise, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. chickynparadise

    chickynparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! I am new to keeping chickens and having so much fun doing it!
    My girls (Lucy, Ethel and Betty) had reduced their run to dirt but now there is a lot of grass. There do not seem to be eating as much scratch and I am concerned it is the grass. Do they like the grass?? Should I remove it? Any help would be appreciated
     
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They like grass,i wouldn't remove it.IMO
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome glad you could join the flock! As long as the grass isn't very long they will be fine with it. Mine love to come out of the run and scratch and free range on the lawn. Because you now have grass they will be finding more interesting critters in the grass and the actual grass to eat rather than the scratch. As long as Lucy, Ethel and Betty are healthy and not losing weight I really wouldn't worry.

    They sound like they have great place to live with all the grass!! Be sure to ask any questions you may have everyone here to help. Good luck with your girls in the future :frow
     
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  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    X2 on Yorkshire Coop.
     
  5. chickynparadise

    chickynparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank You! They are about 6-8months old and I believe healthy [​IMG] I cook all natural and always have plenty of scraps for them so I think they are eating enough. No eggs yet but I am waiting
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Grass is ok as well as scratch. But keep everything to a minimum so they are eating enough of their chicken feed. They need the nutrients in the feed for proper growth, laying and good health. And make sure any grass the eat is short. Long grass will wind around into a ball in the crop and gizzard and cause impactions. So keep it short and they should be fine.

    Oh, and I added some Barred Rocks to my flock this year and two of them are named Lucy and Ethel too. LOL

    Enjoy your babies and welcome to our flock!
     
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    You've received some good advice already.
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us. Lucy and Ethel, source is obvious, but how did you pick Betty's name.
     
  10. chickynparadise

    chickynparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, not sure, I was just looking at them and used the first 3 names that popped into my head
     

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