Is granulated fertilizer dangerous to chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by squat, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. squat

    squat Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    Our five chickens are free to roam our 1/3 acre pasture which is fully fenced. We want to overseed and fertilize the pasture grass soon, but are concerned that the chickens will eat the fertilizer granules. We usually use straight nitrogen granules for fertilizing our lawn and pasture. Is it likely they'd just take a little taste and then move on to more interesting things or would they make a meal of the granules? Any recommendations? Thanks!
  2. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I would think it would be very harmfull to them, and could kill them. I would just spread their poop on the grass, things should grow and green up pretty good then.

  3. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2008
    Why not use an organic form of nitrogen instead?

    Consider alfalfa meal, or soybean meal -- you spread them on a lawn same as the chemical stuff, but if your chickens help themselves to some of it, no harm will be done.

    Check out your local farm co-op or farmer's feed store for the cheapest prices. (I can get 50 pounds of soybean meal for less than ten bux around here).
  4. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps


    Any way to keep em off that area until the fertilizer disolves? I had an open sack of general purpose garden fertilizer in the back barn... wasn't even thinking about it. Those round granules were like chicken magnets - all the girls were lined up with the roo guarding them while they ate. Moved that bag toot sweet. All the girls were fine by the way - but I don't know about a third acre's worth of straight up nitrogen.... they'll eat the seed you put down too...... lol. Funny they are.
  5. squat

    squat Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    We could probably put them in the back yard which is fenced in, but then they wouldn't have their chicken coop to lay their eggs and sleep in. Would they be alright to sleep under a tree or bush for a week or so, until the granules could dissolve?
  6. squat

    squat Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2008
    The organic fertilizer sounds like a good idea too. I'm going to check that out. I didn't know there was such a thing. Thanks!
  7. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps


    To answer your questions about outdoors for the chickens - that would depend on your weather conditions and the probability of predation. The coop is to protect them from the elements and hungry predators. So... I guess you would have to decide if leaving them outside for a week is safe for them. If you feel it's safe, supply them with a nest box.... after a week goes by and they are back in their own area they will get back into the swing of things like they had never left. I may be wrong, but I think organic fertilizer is stuff like compost or aged poop. [​IMG]
  8. phalenbeck

    phalenbeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2008
    Canton, N.C.
    I would guess that with my 8-10 chickens I have covered 1/2 of my acre over the winter with spread out chicken poop. This summer I guess the front 1/2 will also have chicken poop on it, spread lightly. When i has the tractor the moved areas re-grew very nice grass first day after the tractor was moved. I have no need to seed or use chemicals beside chicken crap.

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