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Weed killer and chickens

My chicken run is awash with nettles and docks and I want to spray with nettle ban. However the hens use the run as well, will I have to discard the eggs for a while ? Or will I just leave the weeds grow

christmasdiane
Thursday, June 17th, 2021

You must have a big run if the nettles are too much to simply cut down if you need to clear them. Do you have to? They're used by butterflies to lay their eggs and they don't do the chickens any harm.

Anyone over 50 will tell you what a car windscreen used to look like after a drive at this time of year (covered with insects). Our insect life has been decimated thanks to use of agricultural chemicals. And with it the numbers of birds (Corncrake, Swallows, Cuckoos etc.) as well as bats are down hugely, with some like the Corncrake on the edge of extinction in Ireland.

Whether you can eat the eggs depends on what you spray, how much if any the chickens ingest (directly, eg by breathing it, or indirectly, eg by eating insects that have fallen off the nettles) and the persistence of the chemicals involved.

A few more chickens might flatten them anyway. I wouldn't bother.

ballygannon
Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Just use aa streamer if they are too much for you, chemicals kill too many things, as per previous post states.

Addison
Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Steamer is a great idea , thanks

christmasdiane
Friday, June 18th, 2021

Thats very true as regards to insects you just dont see them like years ago,tractors would be destroyed this time of year with insects and you new you had a good horse when flys were getting killed and sticking to your forehead birds must have had a great food supply in years gone by.

paddycrawford
Friday, June 18th, 2021

Pull nettles by hand, tie in bunches, hang them in runs and birds will feast on them, full of iron.

nama-man
Friday, June 18th, 2021

Their full of calcium to and lots of other good stuff.

paddycrawford
Saturday, June 19th, 2021

We have a wonderful crop of nettles too. Apart from the odd peck our hens don't seem to bother with them. I was wondering if a few were boiled and the "nettle tea" was added to their drinking water would it be good. Has anyone ever tried it?

Joseph lawler
Saturday, June 19th, 2021

You cut or pull them, hang until wilted and they normally go for them then.

nama-man
Saturday, June 19th, 2021

Thanks nama man. Must try it that way.

Joseph lawler
Saturday, June 19th, 2021

If you want totally rid of your nettles, get a few turkeys. Turkeys will clear the entire root system , which is very big on both nettles and doc's.

Desy
Sunday, June 20th, 2021


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