Originally Posted by daxigait
Originally Posted by Sally Sunshine Charcoal and chickens
charcoal as a chicken feed supplement can provide real health benefits for your chooks.
age-old practice of adding charcoal to drinking water or feed.
The charcoal is able to absorb toxins from the food or water, improving hygiene and chook health.
Better hygiene can also help prevent infections such as Salmonella in meat and eggs.
While it has no nutritional value itself, charcoal contributes to keeping an animal’s digestive system healthy.
It is a laxative and can help move the impurities it absorbs out of the body.
If worms or worm eggs are present, it can to some degree help move them out of the body as well.
Poultry feed containing 1-1.5% charcoal has resulted in increased laying rate, a longer laying period and increased egg weight.
reduce the odour of chook manure.http://earthwisegardening.com/?p=235
What charcoal do you use?
I use what is left from all our outside campfires, oak and poplar
You might be surprised at just how many uses this stuff has. You can use it to purify your drinking water, replace your aquarium filter for free, build a fire hot enough to melt steel, make some gunpowder, dye just about anything black, make your own ink, make your own pencils, press your own grill charcoal, or dehydrate something for preservation.
it can also save your life, as it did mine once. Really, that's no joke. If you are suffering from any kind of digestive poisoning, a glass of tea with a spoonful of powdered softwood charcoal in it will cure you.
A Quick Guide: Hardwood vs. Softwood
Charcoals made from hard woods like Oak, Walnut, Hickory, and Beech are better for metalworking, and for pressing your own backyard grill briquets. This is because hard woods burn hotter. Correspondingly, charcoals made from hard wood will burn significantly hotter than charcoals made from soft wood. If you are making charcoal pencils, you will want a hardwood charcoal so that the product will be more resistant to breakage. So, if your purpose involves burning the charcoal once you have made it, or using it to make pencils, you want a hardwood.
Charcoals made from soft woods like Pine, Willow, Balsa, or Poplar make for a more porous, more absorbent charcoal, and so they are better for water filtration/purification, because they do a better job of absorbing impurities. Softwood charcoals are also better for gunpowder-making because they mix more easily with the other ingredients. If you are using your charcoal as a desiccant (to dry something out, such as the cell phone in the example up top), a softwood charcoal will work better.