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If you spread ashes in your coop, be VERY, VERY, VERY sure they're stone cold!!!!

 

 

LG, I was thinking of this this morning....Honey cleaned out the woodstove and there were still embers from the night's fire. We put the ashes in the steel ash bucket with a tight fitting lid and leave it on the porch for a few days, then stir through it to be sure everything's dead before it gets dumped. He set the bucket on the porch, then called me out a few hours later. Wish I'd gotten a pic--my barn cat Pete was curled up on the lid of the bucket, loving the toasty warmth coming from those embers! He was the happiest cat we have, everyone else was all curled up in tight little balls.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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post #12 of 14
I didn't know you could use wood ash this way - thank you for the info!
Artist with 2 dogs, 2 miniature horses and a mess of rabbits learning how to care for 11 chickens and 3 peafowl. Follow my adventures at Trumspringa.
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Artist with 2 dogs, 2 miniature horses and a mess of rabbits learning how to care for 11 chickens and 3 peafowl. Follow my adventures at Trumspringa.
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post #13 of 14
Wood ash will raise the pH of soil. A little goes a long way. If you are composting your bedding and adding it to your garden you might want to limit the amount of ash you add or else you'll end up with very alkaline soil.
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Nice! I never thought of using ash, I will have to start using mine.

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