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Lawn Fertilizer

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by heyjami, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. heyjami

    heyjami Out Of The Brooder

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    My gardeners put out fertilizer against our wishes on Thursday.

    How long before it's safe for the hens to roam again?

    Yes, I'm livid. My husband was able to round them up and get them into their coop before any of them ingested it.

    They do not spend much of their time in the lawn, but they run across it to access the garden and get to the other side. ;-)

    anyway, it has drizzled out but should we just wait until after the big rain next week? I was going to let them out today but hub thinks it's unsafe.
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I would wait until it gets washed in good. If it had pesticide with fertalizer or weed killer I would be very careful about letting them on it at all. I am really paranoid about chemicals and my birds as it doesn't take much to make them sick.

    I don't use any chemicals on my backyard. just the front. (my chickens don't have access to the front.


    If it was a spray it will probably be gone faster than if it was a granular spread.

    Good luck
     
  3. dale

    dale Out Of The Brooder

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    I have fertilizer put out ever day and the chickens seen to have no problem with.... wait a minute... you mean 'chemical fertilizer' not poop.

    Sorry, my bad:D
     
  4. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I would be ticked!!
    Find out from your landscapers what they used and what is in it. Iron is especially bad for animals, but anything else would be bad if ingested. I would get out there with a hose right away and start washing that in (maybe even a sprinkler). And get a new landscaping firm, preferably organic, they should be more careful about what they use. Who knows what sprays, etc.. these guys could be putting on your yard. If you want to fertilize, use corn gluten meal.

    Funny, automatic editing! Ticked was not the work I used!
     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2008

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