rock salt & chickens

dighappy(z7 NJ)July 20, 2011

I have a small patch of poison ivy I need to kill and don't want to use the conventional method of spraying the patch with weed killer/poison as I have chickens (and cats) that peck around and nap in this patch under the trees. The manager at the feed store I go to suggested I cover the poison ivy with rock salt to kill it but I am concerned that the chickens might eat the rock salt and get sick or worse. Can anyone tell me if using the rock salt is safe around the chickens. Thanks.

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gardengal19

I don't know if rock salt would be safe for chickens or not, - but, I wouldn't use it.

The best way to get rid of poison ivy is to pull it, bag it, and put it in the garbage. Of course, use gloves - disposable gloves so you can throw them away too. Or sometimes I use the plastic bags that grocery stores use to pack your groceries. Insert your hand into the bag - grab and pull the poison ivy (the bag is like the glove) - then, invert the bag over the ivy and dispose it all in the trash. Do not burn it and do not compost it.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 7:56PM
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