Poultry grower Pam Miller looks to see how the native warm season grass bedding is doing in the chicken house last month. The Miller farm is one of the first in the nation to use the grass and pellet mixture as poultry bedding. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Mike Weaver, president of the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, takes a close look at native warm season grass pellets used in Broadway-area poultry grower Dennis Miller’s chicken house. Miller is using native warm season grass and pellets for bedding instead of the standard pine shavings in hopes that the switch will save him money and produce healthier chickens.
Poultry grower Dennis Miller is using native warm season grass pellets with a mixture of grasses that includes switchgrass as poultry bedding. While farmers nationwide have experimented with using switchgrass the Millers know of no one else using the mixture along with the pellets.