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Hi all, looking for some info on what is / is not safe for
Chickens when treating my lawn. I typically over seed which I am about to do, as well as apply fast acting lime and fertilizers such as Scotts. I know it will be a battle against the flock (only 6) to keep my lawn healthy. Are the above mentioned lawn treatments ok for the birds? Thanks in advance
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Don't use any herbicides, and keep the birds off the lawn until the pellets are all dissolved into the soil.  Out here in the boonies, our lawn is 'whatever grows' and gets mowed.  It is mostly green, anyway.  Mary


Edited by Folly's place - 3/12/16 at 7:26pm
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Hi all, looking for some info on what is / is not safe for
Chickens when treating my lawn. I typically over seed which I am about to do, as well as apply fast acting lime and fertilizers such as Scotts. I know it will be a battle against the flock (only 6) to keep my lawn healthy. Are the above mentioned lawn treatments ok for the birds? Thanks in advance

Welcome to BYC!

 

Manicured, cultured lawns and chickens don't mix, IMO.

Chemicals aren't good for the chickens, and they'll likely tear up most the vegetation pretty quickly anyway.

If you insist on culturing your lawn, I'd leave the chickens off of it for at least a week or two.

They'll gobble those seeds up....so the seed can germinate and the chemicals can dissipate.

 

Where are you located?

How long have you had your chickens?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
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Thanks for the replys. I live in southern NH and have had my birds since for a little under a year. I have had great grass for years and even last year they didn't destroy it at all (except some mulch beds), however I didn't apply much to it since I've had them. I was thinking keep them in their coop for about a week
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