Fertilizing or treating lawn where chickens roam?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by egglady, May 25, 2008.

  1. egglady

    egglady In the Brooder

    Nov 24, 2007
    Southcentral PA
    I let my chickens out periodically to forage on my acre lot. The lawn area right around the house badly needs a weed & fertilizer treatment (the chickens eat all my flowers but not enough of the weeds :mad:)

    I'd probably use Scotts granulated products for the weeds, and then (at a later date) Miracle-Gro lawn food that gets sprayed on with a hose attachment.

    I was wondering how long I should keep the chickens off the lawn after treatment? I'm especially concerned about the weed-killer granules and how long it takes them to completely absorb into the ground.

    Anybody else treated their lawn?
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I would NOT treat my lawn with fertilizer if you have chickens. I know it kills birds so it will most likely do harm to your chickens. Do research on it first. I know we would not do it.
  3. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    I would never think about letting my chicks out on a treated lawn.... or my dog, or my kids (when they were younger).

    They are just now starting to make a connection between health problems in dogs (increases in tumors, allergies, etc.) with lawn care products.

    Why risk the health of your animals for a "nice" lawn? JMO.
  4. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I'd contact Scott's and ask to be darn positive! Their number is on all their stuff. I pull weeds or use organics or mulch em or ignore em usually. I know Round-up is SUPPOSED to break down in 2 weeks, but ya gotta wonder how it is that you still don't get weeds for up to a year or more!!!! There's also a site o/l that has tested most of this stuff for some breakdown estimates--and what the stuff breaks down INTO but I can't remember the name of it. Wish I did, I want to know about those neat plant moisture crystals.
    Last edited: May 25, 2008
  5. kees

    kees Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    Watered down chicken poop is the best fertilizer for your lawn but I wouldn't use any weed killer. I'm afraid the only safe things for your birds, especially if you intend to eat their eggs or meat is to weed by hand. It's a real pain but the safest thing to do. You can also try using corn gluten meal which is safe. Horses eat it. It is sold in feed stores. Unfortunately it won't kill any existing weeds but helps a bit in keeping new ones from coming back up. Even then, ya gotta weed!
  6. New chicken family

    New chicken family In the Brooder

    May 6, 2007
    Madison WI
    We have chosen to do NO herbacide or fertilizer. We recently applied corn gluten, The chickens eat it!
    The grass - no weeds in our lawn are everywhere!!!!
    Oh well.....
    Better healthy than "pretty".....[​IMG]
  7. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Corn gluten helps quite a bit actually, but can take time to show real results-- about 2 years of spring and fall application according to studies. Also, mousey type critters like it since it's a corn product so you have to have it kept in critterproof cans or something.
  8. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    SE PA
    My weeds are the same color as my lawn; it looks great!

    Bonus....Weed flowers are the prettiest!
  9. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Know what you mean-- I usually pull the weeds that quickly get taller than the grass, other than that, if the weed's color isn't too different and it's not too woody, regular overseeding with good grass seed and compost tea USUALLY satifies me. [​IMG]
  10. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Does the same go for fertilizer as well, or just the weed killers? I've got the chicken poo going as well, but fertilizing with that is REALLY tough compared to a broadcast spreader.

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