Fertilizer and Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nyna, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. Nyna

    Nyna Songster

    Jul 3, 2007
    Western Montana
    Hi all! I was wondering if anyone knew about fertilizers for lawns and if chickens might get into the stuff and get sick or anything. I just wanted to put some high nitrogen fertilizer on the grass in the front yard. The yard is fenced but they have gotten in there a couple times. I know a lot of the stuff comes in these little pellets you sprinkle around, I wouldn't think it would taste good, but I wouldn't want them to eat it. Any suggestions would really help. Thanks!
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Nyna......If they can get to the fertilizer....it will most likely hurt, or even kill them. Why not use the chicken poo compost on the front yard? I read somewhere....on here...someone made liquid fertilizer, from the poo...but I dont know the composition. I am sure it woud be MUCH safer for your yard, and hens.
  3. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    If you must use fertilizer water the heck out of your lawn and allow it to dry before kids or animals come into contact with it.
  4. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Why not use an organic lawn fertilizer instead of toxic chemicals? The lawn/garden/feed stores around here sell plenty of different ones. I noticed something called "Cock-A-Doodle-Do0" lawn fertilizer the other day. Guess what that's made of?
  5. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    If you absolutely need lawn fertilizer, go for organic.

    There's a product made from corn gluten that's a slow release grass fertilizer that also naturally inhibits seeds from sprouting....use it for a year or two twice a year and you'll notice no more weeds either (they depend on seeds to spread, whereas the grass uses rhizomes)....oh and your kids including chickens aren't hurt by it either.

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