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is preen harmful to chickens???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mswillow, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. mswillow

    mswillow New Egg

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    I put in a new garden today on the side of the house where my chickens have never gone. This is my first year with chickens and they are only three months old. I wasn't thinking and put down some preen when I was finished. I watered it in real well then went inside for a while. When I went back out the chickens where all over the new garden. I was horrified because I never gave it a thought that they would try to eat it. Should I be worried? I feel sick right about now!
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    There is probably a free phone number on the package possibly one for poison control centers, you could call and ask them. Usually weed killers etc. have a section on label about what to do about accidental ingestion. I would think any weed treatment would be poisonous at least until it has been well watered in.
     
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Check out Preen's website and review the data sheet on the exact product you used. I looked up one and it lists no toxicity to avian species. Makes sense since wild birds frequent our gardens.

    They also have a contact form, send them your concern and hopefully you will get a reply. But being a holiday weekend bet you won't get a reply until next week.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. mswillow

    mswillow New Egg

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    Thank you everyone. I called Preen and they said that the product is corn meal based which is why they were drawn to it. It contains 1.47% Trifluralin which is a herbicide. It has been tested on birds and ducts with no ill-affects. My chickens are not laying yet so I don't have to worry about the eggs.
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Thanks for the update : Glad you contacted them and got a response. I know you will sleep better now that the worry is over :)
     
  7. mswillow

    mswillow New Egg

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    Thank you!
     
  8. sunnysmith

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    Thank you for the info!!! So helpful as we've just put preen down!!
     

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