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Is all purpose fertilizer a danger to backyard chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sunkissed, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. sunkissed

    sunkissed In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2011
    We have a veggie garden, berry patches, flower beds, etc that we need to fertilize (using 10-10-10 granules). Does anyone know if this would hurt the chickens or make them sick? We never use any weed killers or any other chemicals on our lawn of course.

  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chirping

    Jun 11, 2011
    Afterwards, you should wait until it has rained hard enough or you've watered enough that you no longer see the granules. They won't generally eat after a taste or two, but any amounts not good for 'em. And, while going for bugs, they'll likely get more than a bit of a taste. Better to use orgnanic fertilizers or even chicken poop fertilizer....
  3. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Songster

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    Good question! I decided not to use broadcast fertilizer and bought fertilizer spikes for every plant in my garden, which has worked really well actually. [​IMG] I did use some fertilizer this spring on my tomato plants but spread it only inside of their wall of waters. I did NOT want the chickens eating it! If you do use this fertilizer, like chi-rn said, water it in well before letting the chickens range in the area. [​IMG]

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