letting chicks play in the yard question

Gardengirl 2011

8 Years
Mar 3, 2011
Central Florida
I'd love to let them play (supervised of course!) in the back yard for a little bit, but am concerned because I sprayed Weed B Gone 2 weeks ago. Should I wait until after the first mowing to make sure there's no residue? The package says it's dog safe after it dries, but I know the chicks will be pecking and eating out there. Will it even be safe AFTER the first mowing?

I just moved in the end of summer and have been doing a lot of work out here and the weed spray was just part of what needed doing. Normally I'm organic.


10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
That's a very good question, and unfortunately I don't use weed spray so I can't tell you what to do, but here's a bump


Treat Dispenser No More
10 Years
Aug 20, 2010
I believe Weed B Gone is pretty much Roundup (at least it's the same 'active' ingredient), which is biologically safe for everything except the plants that it was sprayed on after 24 hours or less. And if it's safe as far as the soil is concerned, I'd bet my hens that it's safe for mammals. That herbicide sets up a situation that kills the plant, but does not make it necessarily toxic.

Edit: I'll add here that I've used it in the area I free range my hens in and let them free range there within an hour. Naturally they didn't zero in on that spot (having 1/4 acre for 4 hens) but even if they did, I doubt I'd have had a problem. After all, if it's still there with chickens around it, then they aren't eating that plant or it would be gone and an herbicide wouldn't be needed!
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