round up!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Freerangeamy, Mar 20, 2015.

  1. Freerangeamy

    Freerangeamy In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2015
    I live on 1 acre parcels in the foothills in california, nobody has fenced yards, and want to have free range chickens, but I notice neighbors use the chemical round up, how critical is this for my chickens. thanks Amy
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    Read the label on round up and it should tell you. I know it is some potent stuff. Kills everything. I am not sure, but think it may be an acid. How long will it be active????? and DANGEROUS ????? I DON'T KNOW. Keep your chickens in a tractor for their safety.

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  3. You need to talk to your neighbors to see if your chickens are welcome on their property before you just turn them loose. If your neighbors do any type of landscaping, your chickens can do a LOT of damage in very little time. I know I would be furious if a neighbor's chickens rummaged through my vegetable garden or my flowers.
  4. Naser

    Naser Songster

    Oct 29, 2014
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  5. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Chirping

    Mar 25, 2014
    Canby, Oregon
    Roundup is about the least toxic of the effective herbicides. Humans and livestock alike eat crops where this stuff is used heavily and repeatedly. I'm not saying it's great and I don't blame anyone for not wanting to eat that. I'm just saying that I doubt your chickens will suffer from foraging through a "rounded-up" area. It most certainly does not "kill everything". But it could be that the poison depends on the dosage.
    Are they spraying whole fields with it, or just spot spraying? If it's a whole field I definitely wouldn't want my chickens foraging on that field. If it's just spot spraying or edging, I wouldn't worry. That's just my personal opinion. In fact, I use roundup on some edges around my vegetable garden, not in it. I let my chickens forage through that area outside of the growing season.
  6. Roundup is a synthetic plant hormone that tricks weeds (well anything green and growing) to grow its self to death. It is not a toxicant per say but I still don't want in in my oatmeal. Roundup is not a long lasting herbicide and it doesn't build up in the environment like some other pesticides do. If an area has been treated with Roundup or one of its clones chickens will avoid the area... well mostly because there will be very little there for the chickens to eat.... and if there is anything that chickens follow, it is their appetites and their stomachs.
    I hope that you found this helpful.

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    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015
  7. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chirping

    Feb 2, 2015
    Mokelumne Hill, CA
    I just went through my annual pesticide training. We are requried to wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, long sleeves etc when spraying roundup. There is a lethal dose for humans (though it is a rather large amount and couldn't be accidentally ingested,,,but still).

    When I spray it for hours on end I start becoming a little naseaus.

    I wouldn't want my chickens (or any living thing) foraging through freshly sprayed round-up or one of its' copies.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2015
  8. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I use electrified poultry net to surround my chicken yard. I use Roundup to kill the grass along the fenceline. I've used it for practically 4yrs with no problems.
  9. Imachicklvr2

    Imachicklvr2 In the Brooder

    May 27, 2013

    This info was recently released. I would think that very small quantities of Roundup would not be overly harmful but I would try to avoid it as much as possible. However if you are feeding feed made from "Roundup Ready" crops( pretty much anything not labeled organic or GMO free) then your chickens are probably already eating small residual amounts of glyphosate (Roundup). I have read that in humans it can pass from a mother to her fetus so I would imagine that it can also pass from the hen into the egg. I realize it is not exactly the same but it does seem logical. I have not seen any scientific studies that have tested what chemicals can pass from the hen to an egg. If anyone knows of any I would really be interested in reading it.
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  10. sierranomad

    sierranomad Chirping

    Feb 2, 2015
    Mokelumne Hill, CA


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