Weed killers to use that won't harm chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MarkButcher, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. MarkButcher

    MarkButcher Chirping

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    Heya guys. I'm new to the south, and about 5 months ago set up my chicken yard. Everythings going great, but.. KUDZU!!!!
    It's growing up over EVERYTHING!!
    Anyone have a suggestion for how to combat it, including whatever weed killers to use that wont harm my girls?
     
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  2. so lucky

    so lucky Crowing

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    I can't think of any weed killers that are safe to use around chickens. The popular one, glyphosate, is implicated in causing cancer, so you wouldn't want your chickens eating leaves that have been sprayed. Do your chickens eat the kudzu? I have read that it can be used in cooking, so maybe the chicks will keep it trimmed back for you. If it is outside the run, threatening to over take it, you might consider getting a goat to keep it cleared. Maybe you could rent or borrow a goat periodically.
     
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  3. FishMtFarm

    FishMtFarm Emu whisperer

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    You can actually burn them with a torch but you need to be careful to keep it a controlled situation. Farmers will do this on their pastures.
     
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  4. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Unfortunately all weed killers are chicken killers. Good luck!
     
  5. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

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    I would try cutting it to the ground and laying a heavy black plastic sheet on it.
    No herbicides in that. ;)

    Then there is the burning and goat options.

    We don't have kudzu here but those are what I would try first.

    Maybe talk to the folks at your farm stores to see what they do.
     
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  6. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

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    Please let us know where you got that information from. I use RoundUp (glyphosate) quite often on my property. Haven't killed anything but weeds/vines/brush with it and my free range chickens are quite healthy.
     
  7. SOHC-FTW

    SOHC-FTW Free Ranging

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    Get you a sprayer boil 1lb. of salt in water then mix with vinegar and a little dish soap. It would help to trim a little off the top first but it works if ya don't anyhow.
     
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  8. N F C

    N F C Champion

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    :welcome

    Good tip from @21hens-incharge, check with your farm store.

    Good luck and welcome!
     
  9. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
     
  10. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I'd be cautious using glyphosate around any animal. I'd just remove as much as possible by trimming it down, spray it and let it dry and do it's thing. Then remove the dead plants. I personally would keep the birds out of the area until you clear it.
     

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