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Well....my flock found my "ash pile", a place in the woods where I dump our ashes from the fireplace and from the charcoal grill.  Just noticed ALL of them dusting in it and just having a big time.

Are ashes safe for them to dust in or do I need to shovel it all up and haul it off??

Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 13

Well, I can only speak from experience - I was given a rooster once who had mites.  Gave him some ashes to bathe in and the mites went away.  I use regular fireplace ashes, not sure about ashes from the charcol grill - if they had residue from lighter fluid I suppose that could be a problem.

post #3 of 13
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Thanks.  I do not use lighter fluid of any kind.  I have an electric wand that I put in there to start the charcoal from.

Thanks again

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post #4 of 13

The only problem is water.
Water+ashes=lye. Lye can cause burns.
I would say just keep an eye on them when tha ashes get wet.

post #5 of 13

We put the ashes from our pellet stove in the run for three years now and no trouble!smile

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post #6 of 13

I know wood ashes are often recommended for a good dust bath ..... some of each of these: wood ashes, DE, sand, dirt.

I have often wondered about the charcoal ashes also. I am glad you asked! 

Huh? How does water turn ashes into lye? I have never heard that before.

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post #7 of 13

We used to put the ashes from the wood stove in the chicken yard for their dust baths.  It keeps down parasites.

Rufus

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In new coop design (being built) The building (6x8) is raised 2' off the ground. I'm planning on digging out a couple areas, into a bowl shape to facilitate dust baths. One will be sand/DE, the other fire place ash...happy birds, sad mites
And...why will I not be suprised if they create there own?

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post #9 of 13

kathyinmo,

Regarding your question about wood ashes and lye, take a look at this:

http://www.endtimesreport.com/making_lye.html

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Originally Posted by jscnlc 

In new coop design (being built) The building (6x8) is raised 2' off the ground. I'm planning on digging out a couple areas, into a bowl shape to facilitate dust baths. One will be sand/DE, the other fire place ash...happy birds, sad mites
And...why will I not be suprised if they create there own?


...dug out areas under coop in the cool shaded "chicken crawl space"

.....it all rolls into one; ...and nothing comes for free.....
1-BR, 2-BSL, 2-BO, 3-BA...Yellow Lab Emily, 3 male cats,and  a crazy Cockatiel
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