Free To A Good Home ~~
Hello from Lin in Lancaster/Millersville area in Pennsylvania.
hatched too many Seramas and space is limited
like to give away at least one. Here's a pic of "Peggy"
(thought he was a hen, name stuck!) He's 5 mo. old. Free
ONLY to a good home. Pickup only
Would consider adding
hen, too, if I'm assured they will be loved. Thank you much!
Bailey : We've been keeping chickens which we rescue as
ex-bats for years in sunny Sussex. Just recently someone told
us we should not throw our lawn grass clippings into the large
area that they roam in as it will stick in their gullets and kill
them!!! Whilst this has never happened in all the years we've
been doing it
.. (we know they just love scratching through
the grass when we chuck it in) - I just wonder if there is any
truth in this comment. I will really appreciate your advice please.
Keep up the great newsletter. Sally.
Reply : Unless you use some kind of chemicals on your lawn
then grass clippings should be fine. Generally becoming crop bound
is a risk with chickens but I don't think it happens that often
(egg bound seems to occur more often) and sometimes when it does
happen it is because of a malfunction or infection of the crop
which can't really be helped. When crop bound does occur because
of a manual blockage the most common causes are from things that
are long, absorbant, or hard to process such as hay, long grasses,
lumps of dry bread and feathers etc. Crop bound is also more likely
to happen if there is not enough grit available for them to process
their feed. Grass is usually considered a good thing to give nutritionally
- especially if they are not in a position to be able to safely
free range and pick up their own grass / bugs etc. I don't think
it is a particularly risky thing for them to do as enjoying scratching
through grass is what they would naturally do if they lived 'wild',
but even if it was slightly risky I personally think it may still
be worth that risk as I believe giving them things like that which
they naturally enjoy as chickens is something that improves their
quality of life (especially as ex-bats who may not have previously
had the chance to do 'chickeny' things).