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Is Dish Soap Safe For Chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickyBangBang, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. ChickyBangBang

    ChickyBangBang Chirping

    Sep 18, 2012
    I'm one of those people that don't like using majorly harsh chemicals any more than necessary. If I can't soak my hand in it and be okay - generally I stay away from it. I *have* decided to go with Sweet PDZ and DE though - because of all the high recommendations here on the board and in my community.

    That being said - the only thing I use to kill flies, boxelder bugs, mosquitoes, gnats, fleas, slugs and even bees - is dawn dish soap diluted in water in a spray bottle. I use that stuff like it's going out of style and it works on anything and everything I've tried it on.

    I used Google - but found nothing regarding chickens and dish soap. Is it harmful to the chickens? I spray it around the yard all the time and obviously their coop is going to be in our yard so it will come in contact with them all the time. So I need to know if it's safe.

    I'm not going to be bathing our chickens in this stuff - and they're certainly not going to be dipped in vats of it.heh

    thanks :D
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012

  2. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    so how long have you been using this in the yard with the chickens free ranging I assume? If all year long and you haven't seen any problems I would just use my good common sense and continue [​IMG]
  3. ChickyBangBang

    ChickyBangBang Chirping

    Sep 18, 2012
    We don't have any chickens :) We are brand new to this and have never had chickens in our yard. They are due to hatch October 18-20th and will be outside in the coop around the end of December. I don't spray with this in the winter months because the flies are very scarce during this season.

    We don't have any chickens, free-ranging or otherwise in our yard...otherwise I'd probably know from experience if it is harmful to them. Sadly, I'm a newbie so I don't know yet. I'd rather find out from others instead of using it without any knowledge and killing my chickens. :p
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012
  4. hillbillyfarmer

    hillbillyfarmer In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2010
    Just keep in mind that your chickens will be eating most of the bugs you just listed so I would use it with caution or switch to using traps for those bugs. I'm not really sure if its safe for them or not.
  5. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I'd say, if you start tasting soap in the eggs, cut back on the soap usage.
  6. ChickyBangBang

    ChickyBangBang Chirping

    Sep 18, 2012
    LOL even though this makes perfect sense I still laughed hysterically for whatever reason, because now you have me imagining eating an egg and burping out a soap bubble.

    Thank you for the info everyone!! I guess I'll not spray at all at first and see if the chickens eat most of them on their own. I guess I didn't realize how many different bugs they eat. Maybe they'll replace my soap altogether (in the yard anyway, I don't plan on scrubbing dishes with a henbutt)...although...it probably would be nice, as not to scratch the dishes with the abrasiveness of a sponge.[​IMG]
  7. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Eating dish soap will probably give your chickens diarrhea, but I doubt that it will kill them.

    Dawn is used in all those seabird rescues, and they would not do that if the dawn were toxic to birds.

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