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I put in a new garden today on the side of the house where my chickens have never gone. This is my first year with chickens and they are only three months old. I wasn't thinking and put down some preen when I was finished. I watered it in real well then went inside for a while. When I went back out the chickens where all over the new garden. I was horrified because I never gave it a thought that they would try to eat it. Should I be worried? I feel sick right about now!
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There is probably a free  phone number on the package possibly one for poison control centers,  you could call and ask them. Usually weed killers etc. have a section on label about what to do about accidental ingestion.  I would think any weed treatment would be poisonous  at  least until it has been well  watered in.

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Check out Preen's website and review the data sheet on the exact product you used.  I looked up one and it lists no toxicity to avian species.  Makes sense since wild birds frequent our gardens.

 

 They also have a contact form, send them your concern and hopefully you will get a reply.  But being a holiday weekend bet you won't get a reply until next week.

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Thank you everyone. I called Preen and they said that the product is corn meal based which is why they were drawn to it. It contains 1.47% Trifluralin which is a herbicide. It has been tested on birds and ducts with no ill-affects. My chickens are not laying yet so I don't have to worry about the eggs.

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Thank you everyone. I called Preen and they said that the product is corn meal based which is why they were drawn to it. It contains 1.47% Trifluralin which is a herbicide. It has been tested on birds and ducts with no ill-affects. My chickens are not laying yet so I don't have to worry about the eggs.

Thanks for the update :  Glad you contacted them and got a response.  I know you will sleep better now that the worry is over :)

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Thank you!

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Thank you for the info!!! So helpful as we've just put preen down!!
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