recently fertilized grass and chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newchick13, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. newchick13

    newchick13 Chirping

    Jul 26, 2011
    Somers NY
    We were planning on moving our girls to a new coop and run in the next few days and I just came home and saw my landscaper spreding fertilizer on the lawn!!!!!!! I am wondering if it will be safe for them to scratch and peck in after it rains for a couple days? We are trying to finish assembleing the coop today and planned on locking them down in it to reset their "homing" instincts and then letting them out in the run after a couple of nights. We are expecting rain the next two days, do you think that's enough time for the pellet fertilizer to break down into the soil so the birds can't eat it? I asked the guy what kind of fertilizer it is and he shrugged and said "the regular kind" (in broken english).......[​IMG]

  2. NorthestGeorgia14

    NorthestGeorgia14 Chirping

    Oct 14, 2011
    Rome Ga
    Idk it can kill them . I would keep the hens on a higher place and when it rains it drain down
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Once it's rained on it will be fine
  4. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    I would not. Even after rains there is a residue.

  5. Capvin

    Capvin Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    I fertilize the grass, let the irrigation system water it in and let the chickens on it right after. Never had any problems.

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