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Ammonium Sulfate and my hens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Raggedyroad, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Raggedyroad

    Raggedyroad Out Of The Brooder

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    We are prepping soil for our garden that is in the same field as our hens who free range and love to dig in the newly turned earth. We need to add ammonium sulfate to bring up the sulfur and nitrogen levels. Does anyone know if this will be a problem for my hens. There are no warnings of any sort on the bag.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Are you planning on letting them have free run of your garden? It won't be much of a garden, it's best to fence it off to avoid worrying about things like that. I use a 2 foot tall welded wire green fence, Mine stay out of our gardens.
     
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  3. Raggedyroad

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    We plan to fence off the garden once we have it ready for planting. My hubby figured out a method to treat the garden that will not effect my girls until the fence is in place. The ammonium sulfate is in a pellet form so he plans to dissolve the pellets in water and spray it on the soil, then run the tiller through it again after it's dry. The girls will be in their run till the process is complete. We have gone overboard on the fencing. We bought 5 foot welded wire but taller is better I guess.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    That's a good plan, your chickens might have tried to eat the pellets, sometimes different fertilizers, and soil augmentations is made from stuff that is tasty like blood and bone meal. As far as your fence it's better to be safer, than sorry as the saying goes.
     

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