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yard sprays: safe for chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bobeena, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. bobeena

    bobeena In the Brooder

    Oct 23, 2007
    We're thinking of spraying the yard (city lot) with a pyrethrin-based over-the-counter spray for chiggers, mosquitos and flies. The kind you hook to your hose and have to do every few weeks. We've done all the low-bore things to eliminate these pests.

    My question is, if we put the few hens we have in the garage while we do this and confine them there for a couple of hours after, will it be safe to let them free range the yard as usual afterward?
    Anyone know?

  2. patvetzal

    patvetzal Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Bancroft, Ontario
    What does it say on the label? I believe most pyrethrin sprays are safe fore non-insects although my wife can't stand the "Pic" coils....
  3. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    yes it is standardly used with farm animals of all sorts
  4. bobeena

    bobeena In the Brooder

    Oct 23, 2007
    Thank you for your feedback! It looks like rain today but I'll do it next dry day.
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Pesticides, fungacides, & herbacides are everywhere. We choose not to use them
    unless absolutley neccessary. It's a personal choice.

    I'm sure your chickens will be fine.
  6. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    You might try Benificial Nematodes, they are a natural [​IMG] biological control method that do not harm people or animals.

    Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented worms which occur naturally in soil all over the world. Thousands of strains exist with different life-styles. Beneficial ones attack soil dwelling insects and leave plants alone. These predators enter the host through body openings or by penetration of the body wall. Once inside, they release a bacterium which kills the host within 48 hours. The nematode continues to reproduce and its offspring begin to seek out new host material. Beneficial nematodes are a totally safe biological control parasitic insect organism. They are so safe that the EPA has waived the registration requirements for application.

    you can find them at many garden centers or http://www.marchbiological.com/L/beneficial_nematodes.html

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