Free ranging chickens and PENKOTED grass seed

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Red Barn Farms, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
    We have been having dozer work done on the farm and it's finally completed. Today we bought grass seed which is PENKOTED and now wondering if it could possibly have a harmful effect on our chickens which free range.

    I've been trying to find information about this on the internet but haven't had much of any good results. Does anyone have information on this type of treated seed?
  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    Definitely do not let your chickens eat this seed. Penkote (Pennington Seed's proprietary treatment) has a growth stimulant and a fungicide (Mefenoxam) in the coating on the seeds. Mefenoxam is regarded as having a low toxicity in birds, but you really don't need this sort of thing in your food supply (I'm assuming your birds are at least producing eggs for you). I would recommend keeping the chickens out of the area until the grass is well established.

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