It’s either feast or famine with livestock. We have gone from very short nutrient free grass, to the richest fastest growing grass we have ever had. After all these months of waiting for summer to start, it’s here, and it’s here with avengence!
We have now moved all our 5 week old goslings onto the grass. These little lawn mowers should tackle it just fine. We are hoping the with the right amount of geese on the land it should maintain itself. We have very few hens on the back field now. We have had a major revamp and the hens are all in pens closer to the shop and the land is now purely for grazing by the geese, sheep, goats, llama and Shetland. It does hens and ducks no good at all to be on long grass. The maximum length should really be about 4 inches high. Any longer and you risk it getting stuck in their throats. This can lead to impacted crop. The hens or ducks crop (bit below throat, but above stomach) blockage can be caused by a long piece of grass, string, rubbish etc.
If this was ever to happen you would hold the hen or duck upset side down by her feet and squeeze the contents of the crop out through their mouth. It’s like a tennis ball in a sock. The same amount of pressure applied to the hen’s neck as you would the sock. All the contents should come out of their throat, if not a simple massage could dislodge the contents so they pass through the stomach and come out the the natural way.
The chances of this happening are extremely rare, buts it’s always best to be aware of the little fixes that are simple to do.
Now that the weeds are growing as faster than anything go easy on any weed killer you put down as it can be fatal to livestock as can any slug pellets you use.
I hope you all enjoy this wonderful time in your garden with your hens and ducks. After the winter we have been through this year, this summer has felt like a long time coming.
Feel free to call me if you need any advice of healthcare or husbandry