Anyone do this for animal feed? We were thinking of buying a small push mower with a bag on the back of it to collect clippings for hay to feed the rabbits over the winter, and to use as bedding. If this is possible, would we be better off not using a bagger and just raking up the clippings once they dry?
We have a few acres of hay field that a neighbor collects hay on and raking up the remnants is a possibility, but the field is out a bit from the house. Would be nice to collect the grass clippings closer to the house each time we mow if possible. We were thinking of partitioning off a section of our small barn to toss it into.
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I use a walk behind sickle mower to make hay and a wood peg hay rake. Then move it to the barn with a big garden cart and walk it into a stall. I feed it to rabbits, chickens and 3 goats. Some for bedding....James
My nieghbor said he use to feed his fresh grass clippings to his rabbits and they loved it.
Well, you can look at it this way: you can feed the rabbits the fresh clipping from spring to early fall and get free fresh healthy feed, and then you can buy some good hay for the winter to keep them until the grass comes back. It would save you money.
Another option is to use the clippings and then take that extra plot you mentioned and grow timothy, let the timothy grow tall then cut it down with a manual weed wacker or a sythe. You could dry and store the timothy for the winter and not have buy any hay for the winter. This would save even more money.
I would spread the grass clipping out so they dont mold quickly. Do an experiement and see how long they will keep. if they only last three days or so, I would seperate three days worth of feed from the clippings pile and then dry out the remainder for bedding. Waste not, want not.
There is some concern about a diet of only short fresh lawn clippings for big livestock - it might pack up in them. As a part of their diet, works great.
In my climate, it would be very difficult to dry lawn clippings doen dry enough for hay. Can see it working fine, just don't think I could get it dry 'here' reliably. It needs to be really dry. Butwould be good grass hay if you can dry it.
Most weed herbicides aren't too big of a problem with a week or so of restrictions, but if you wish to collect from neighbors or some such, something to think about......
Yes and in fact I cut more lastnight. I don't have a sicklebar mower yet, so I use my overkill husqvarna weed wacker, it cuts it at length instead of clipping it little pieces. I also do this and fill the garden with the grass inbetween rows.I have a lot of clover, grass and dandelion in our yard, just about an acre. For 3 years now I have let it get to about 6 inches and cut it all down in rows, let it dry, rake it up and stuff it in burlap feed bags. After the grass stops growing so fast I just use the tractor and mow it.
I use it to feed rabbits and chickens in the winter.
I divide the lawn into sections and mow one section each day of the week. This gives enough fresh grass clippings for the hens. Only mow about ten minutes each day because most of the yard is in gardens.