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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cagilberts, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. cagilberts

    cagilberts New Egg

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    Hello All!
    My family and I recently moved out to an 8 acre hobby farm and are now the happy parents to 14 chickens; 5 of which are now laying eggs! Very exciting for us. Since they are all free range do I need to worry about some of the bug reducing chemicals and fertilizers we use on our plants? I try to use as many natural or organic products as I can, but I still worry about the chickens health as well as egg contamination. Any help?
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] I have no scientific evidence or anything but, for my own piece of mind, I would't want them free ranging where they come in contact with treated plants, bugs, etc. I wouldn't want them romping over ground that was newy fertilized.

    When I used to walk thru a hotsy totsy neighborhood- the lawn crews were always spraying something - fertilizer, bug or weed killer who knows. By the time I had turned around and headed back home I used to find at least a couple wild birds - either sitting by the curb and not moving no matter how close I came to them. When I was just about on the bird -trying to figure out what happened to him - he started having seizures. Occasionally I would find some dead ones - stiff as a board and either in the street or at the curb. I also would see birds having convulsions.

    I also noted the lawn guys started wearing boots, gloves and masks when applying whatever. They'd leave signs that said not to walk on lawn until it was dry. Well how many birds, dogs, cats, little kids can read?
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, cagilberts, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I likewise don't have much advice but some pretty sobering stuff from drumstick, I'd say. Good luck to you!
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Even "natural" or "organic" products can be toxic - arsenic and botulism are all-natural and organic. If you would not eat it yourself, then your chickens should not eat it either.
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  8. cagilberts

    cagilberts New Egg

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    Thanks for the advice. I may have to come up with some other way to keep my plants healthy. My chickens(and the 2 Ducks we have) LOVE to dig up the plants so I figured a little fertilizer and bug stuff would help them out. I can't bring myself to pen up the chicks.. they love to go exploring and are so much fun to watch! Thanks again for the advice!
     
  9. cagilberts

    cagilberts New Egg

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    Help the plants out, that is!
     
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I agree with drumstick diva, I don't apply fertilizers or chemicals in the back yard since my chickens spend some free ranging time out there. Good luck to you.
     

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