* Using Grass Clippings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by d.k, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Last mowing, I took a full bag of clippings and scattered them all over Chook's pen. I have kept her out of them for 2 days so they could dry. Didn't want her eating a crop full. Now the run looks nice, and fresh, poo is covered and I'm hoping some seed will sprout. Any problems anyone can think of with this???
  2. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    I used grass clippings as a treat and as bedding for my tractor. I have never had a problem with clippings. They seem to love to scratch around in them and I have very healthy, happy chickens.

    I would just be very careful that the grass you're mowing doesn't have any weed killer, fertilizers or chemicals on it before feeding it or using it as bedding.

    Disclaimer: I'm no expert! [​IMG]
  3. chickenman7

    chickenman7 Songster

    Sep 11, 2007
    I use grass clippings in my nestboxs
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    *I don't know how long ferts take to 'clear', but I've used my own compost tea and peatmoss the past couple years. Should be o.k. (?-shrug)
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2008
  5. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    what is compost tea???
  6. blurose

    blurose Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Winston, Oregon
    Everytime my SIL mows my lawn, I have him throw the clippings over into the chicken yard. They think they've died and gone to chicken-huntin-bugs heaven. [​IMG] It isn't important to let them dry first here, because they haven't been sitting around clumped together at all. Also, I'm sure there isn't any dog c-r-a-p or noxious weeds in the mix.
  7. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * smom; normally compost 'tea' is made by taking a handful of finished dry compost and soaking it in 'X' (5-55) gallons of water and then applying the finished 'tea' to your landscaping/lawn/garden as a 'gentle' fertilizer. Mine is a variation on the theme. I have a small bin of compost ingredients picked just for lawn growing that were covered with water and left to 'wet rot' and I put a couple strained ounces with some Murphy's oil soap and a super cheapy can of beer in a hose sprayer to dilute with the 4OO gallon of water we're allowed. It was a compromise, as DH was concerned that the city might object to a large scale composting project (probably right) but I was determined to have SOMETHING to use to grow a lawn. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2008
  8. Jubaby

    Jubaby Songster

    Apr 9, 2008
    West Texas
    My chickens love grass clippings. They scratch and eat.
  9. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    If your feeding grass clippings to your flock (and you should they love the fresh greens) I highly recommend installing a mulching blade on your mower. This type of blade will cut the grass into smaller peices. large peices of grass can get stuck in their craw and cause it to become impacted.
  10. I always use grass clippings for my boxes and as a litter in my coop since all it is is hay anyway. They love it and love to scratch atound in it. My only concern is to make sure you have some type of dust for them to bathe in so they don't get mites.

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