Much thinks for all the information on this topic. I'm trying to do the organic method of farming and it's not easy. There's not that much information out there to help people. And most of the things you need are way out of my price range. It's nice to find some good old fasion tips that don't envolve putting chemicals in my soil, my animals and therefore into me.
This is my first spring/summer with my RIRs. They really enjoy pecking around the yard and eating anything they can find that moves since the snow has melted. My problem is normally I fertillize my lawn spring and fall with SCOTT's turf builder. This year I'm wondering if the chickens will be affected by the fertilizer? It seems as though it may, and I don't want my eggs to be "bad".
Is there an organic "substitution" for the turf builder or lawn food? It really needs something... Thanks!
You might try asking this in the forum. One of the best things for plants is the chicken manure. I am not very knowledgeable. You might try asking speckledhen or posting it on the forum they would probably know more than I do about that. I have never had to fertilize our lawn.
any chemical fertilizer, like the turf builder you've been using, poses a hazard to your chickens. chicken poop is a great nitrogen source but it can be too "hot" for the grass/plants if used too much or too concentrated. your best option is going to be compost (you can find TONS of compost tips just from Google) or an organic fertilizer. Scott's makes one if you like that brand, but i would suggest one like this from a company that specializes in organics- it's also cheaper. here's one actually made from chicken litter.
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Question - as I am new to keeping chickens - and am in an urban environment...
If I keep my chickens in a coop with indoor and enclosed outdoor space (completely enclosed to prevent predators), and I meet the other requirements for organic production - ie. organic food, no hormones or antibiotics, and proper healthcare, can I say that the eggs from my chickens are "organic" eggs?
thanks for any information