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November 2011 Vol. 2

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November 2011
Vol. 2

~~ Free To A Good Home ~~

Hello from Lin in Lancaster/Millersville area in Pennsylvania.

I've hatched too many Seramas and space is limited….I would 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!

Sally 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.

My 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).

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