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Insecticiide safety and "yard ranging" chickens. Need Input.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hodawg, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Hodawg

    Hodawg Chirping

    Howdy gang,

    We live in the Panhandle area of NW Florida. We continuously have a Mole Cricket problem in our area which is destroying our yard. Last year, pre-chickens in the yard, we used Ortho Bug B Gon Max insecticide and it worked pretty good for a while. Unfortunately in our area, Mole Crickets are a recurring problem and have to be treated for every year. The active ingredient in Ortho Bug B Gon is 0.115% Bifenthrin. It is put down in granular form and then throw the sprinkler to it to wet it into the soil. The bag (last year) said that it was safe for back yard pets to walk on once it had dried.

    Would something like this be OK once dried for the hens to walk around on and potentially peck the grass, or am I better off just kicking the whole Mole Cricket control idea out of my head since we now have backyard chickens. I don't want to do anything that is going to endanger our little mini-flock. Any and all advice would really be appreciated, especially from some of y'all "chemistry" types out there.

    Beers y'all,

  2. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I'm not sure if that's safe but I've used sevin dust with my chickens free ranging and it has not caused them any problems yet.
  3. artieproof

    artieproof Hatching

    Jun 16, 2013
    I'm having a huge problem with fleas. I have 4 hens and 2 dogs that all use our backyard. The dogs are covered in fleas, I imagine the birds are suffering too. I bought a bottle of bifenthrin for the yard at the pest control store (on the guy's recommendation) but I'm afraid to spray it - they said the birds would be OK once it's dry, but does anyone know if the eggs will be safe to eat???
  4. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I would be interested to hear if the chickens eat the mole crickets. Mine eat everything.

    I don't use pesticides and such inside the fenced area where the chickens spend the day. The chickens eat all the bugs, and vinegar will kill any weeds.

  5. Wrooster

    Wrooster Chirping

    Apr 13, 2013
    Northern Florida
    One thing to keep in mind with anything you put on the ground is that, depending on weather, etc. some of it will get tracked into the house. It will not biodegrade in a carpet like it will on soil. So if you have kids, especially the kind that are down on the floor a lot, consider them as well as the chickens.
  6. howsekatz8

    howsekatz8 Hatching

    Sep 1, 2013
    Yep...I would think the chickens would eat the ole crickets!

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