Safe Fertilizer

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jaku, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. jaku

    jaku Songster

    My lawn looks crappy- other than the spots where my chicken tractor has been. I want to use fertilizer on it, but obviously I need something that will be chicken safe. What should I look for, and what should I avoid. I'm looking for something that will work in a broadcast spreader.
     
  2. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Songster

    Chicken manure!!! [​IMG]

    Chicken manure is good, but maybe a little hot. I wish I had a better answer but I don't feel qualified to provide a serious answer.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I agree with the other posts. I compost my chicken manure. Chicken manure is the richest animal manure in N-P-K. Chicken manure is considered "hot" and must be composted before adding it to the garden, etc. Otherwise, it may burn any plants it comes in contact with. I use regular fertilizer. I just move my run and yard fence to a different place and fert. I have ferted an area where I was moving my birds too but watered the area good where I ferted for a few days before I moved the birds there.
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Songster

    The problem with using chicken manure is that I have a one acre yard, and I'm already using the manure I get by moving my tractor twice daily, so I need some actual bagged fertilizer to spread. I know pesticides and chemicals should be avoided when birds are to be put in the area, but is fertilizer a problem? The birds that will be going into the fertilized area are meat birds, also, so I really don't want any harmful chemicals.
     
  5. annek

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    What about the organic fertilizers that you can buy that won't burn the grass and that dogs can go on? I haven't fertilized in a few years now but I used to buy the organic slow release fertilizer and I think it was fairly safe. I would stay away from any that have weed killers or anything like that. Go read a few bags and see what they say.
     
  6. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

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    Microlife! Best organic fertilizer there is!
     
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  7. NC chicken man

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    Jaku go to Fertrell .com they are all natural and find a dealer near you ,just about everything i use comes from Fertrell.

    Aaron
     
  8. jaku

    jaku Songster

    How about Milorganite? I called the company and they claim it's safe for the birds, all natural, no chemicals, etc. Plus, it's only $11/bag.
     
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  9. goldenluver

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    this is not a fertilizer,but it will turn your lawn dark green, epsinsalts. itis one of the ingredients in fertilizers.
     
  10. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    I doubt that even organic fertilizer is a good thing for chickens to eat. That's the problem, they may eat it. Organic or not, you would be feeding all that nitrogen and such.

    Organic does not mean safe.

    I imagine goldenluver means epsom salts. I wouldn't want my meat birds eating all that magnesium, either.

    I'd wait til the birds are processed.
     
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