Grass: long or short?
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