Chicken-friendly weed killers for our backyard patio?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amartinlb, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    Jersey Shore
    Does anyone know of any safe/non-toxic weed killers we can use on our backyard patio? We're doing an open house in a few weeks with the real estate agency and we need those weeds gone.

    Or if there aren't any products that would do it, are there any home products we can use? I've heard of people using vinegar or ammonia or even bleach but I am not sure what to use, especially what also wouldn't ruin the patio stones.

  2. scarter

    scarter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2008
    Roberts, WI
    There is a kind of torch for this kind of thing. I'm not sure what it uses as fuel but it burns the weeds and no chemicals for the birds to ingest. I've only seen it but never really looked at it.
  3. Ferngully

    Ferngully Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2008
    N.E. Florida
    We use straight white vinegar poured onto the weeds first thing in the morning. Kills them within 24-48hours. Give it a shot. It won't hurt the patio stones, your pets or chickens if they decide to eat on the weeds, unlike bleach or ammonia. It does however change the PH of the soil in the area treated. Do a test area to see if it will work on your type of weeds, the most you would be out is a couple of dollars for a gallon of vinegar from Wal-mart.
  4. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bought hubby a propane torch to use. It's fun, too.
  5. lesterlu

    lesterlu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    good topic, i am going to try the vinegar tomorrow.[​IMG]
  6. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Vinegar works well, just doesn't always get the roots, and on some tough weeds it might take a couple applications. It works best on a hot sunny day. Good luck

  7. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
  8. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Ummm...Why not just let the chickens out there for awhile each day. That is one of the purposes of a chicken, to keep the yard free from weeds [​IMG]
  9. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Quote:Just what I was going to say! "chicken friendly weed killer= CHICKENS!"
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Be careful of torching weeds on brick or stone patios as sometimes you can leave soot/scorch marks that don't come off easily. At least, practice your technique in an inconspicuous spot first.

    Agricultural vinegar works well (pickling vinegar from grocery store, 7%, works ok too if you can get it, and is cheaper than the stuff sold in the homeowner-sized herbicide bottles).

    Or boiling water, just be careful of your feeties.

    Or you could just grub the weeds out of the cracks with a linoleum knife.

    Good luck, have fun,


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