Grass: long or short?

Country Smallholding - - Ask The Experts -

Q The grass in my chicken run has got rather long. Would I be bet­ter to mow it reg­u­larly?

A Andy Cawthray says: Chick­ens pre­fer grass to be short as it pro­vides ac­cess to the fresh new growth and bet­ter ac­cess to in­sects and grubs. It also means the birds are less likely to in­gest long coarse grass lengths, which could lead to di­ges­tive prob­lems such as im­pacted crop. Other plus points which your chick­ens might not be aware of is that short grass leaves few hid­ing places for the smaller, al­most mi­cro­scopic, pests, such as par­a­sitic worm eggs which don’t sur­vive well when ex­posed to UV light rays. It also means the area is a lit­tle more ex­posed and less wel­com­ing to larger preda­tors, so keep­ing some of the grass and scrub in check will help on a num­ber of counts.

Chick­ens pre­fer grass to be short

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