1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Help my chickens ate fertilizer - are the eggs good?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rogerf, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. rogerf

    rogerf Chirping

    32
    1
    87
    Apr 27, 2009
    Yesterday my flock of 10 RIR's broke out of their run and wandered over to an area I had just fertilized with Scott turf builder.
    I never let them graze in this area.
    By the time I realized they were out and got to them I saw that they were eating the fertilizer pellets.
    My first worry was for their health but they are showing no signs of illness.
    Today when I went to retrieve eggs a couple of eggs had white powder and staining on them...I assume it's the fertilizer.
    I threw them all out but now I am worried about future eggs and potential health safety.
    Has this ever happened to anyone and how long before the eggs will be safe to eat?
    I have customers that buy the eggs and I certainly do not want to sell problem eggs.

    Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    Roger
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2010
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    13,295
    31
    291
    Aug 25, 2008
    SC
    My vet usually says at least a month, some say only 2 weeks. I'd rather err on the side of caution, especially when selling eggs to others.
    We stopped all fertilizers and weedkillers when we bought this place in 2004, but I can't even verify what the previous owners did.

    Beef up that run meantime, if they can get out, no telling what can get in!
     
  3. rogerf

    rogerf Chirping

    32
    1
    87
    Apr 27, 2009
    I was reading the package and there are no warnings of toxicity.
    I will be calling Scotts today for more information.
    This fertilizer had no pesticides or anti-fungal treatments so I am hoping that the four weeks will suffice.
    As a side note - the run is closed, the door was not latched and the flock took advantage.
    thanks for the help and advice.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: