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My grandfathers neighbor spreads coal ashes in his chicken run.  He claims it helps keep the eggs shells hard.  Anyone else hear anything like this?  Is this safe?

Living in Pennsylvania with my lovely wife, daughter, 2 sons, 5 Keeshonds, 33 chickens, 2 Standard Bronze turkeys and 15 Bourbon Red turkeys!

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Living in Pennsylvania with my lovely wife, daughter, 2 sons, 5 Keeshonds, 33 chickens, 2 Standard Bronze turkeys and 15 Bourbon Red turkeys!

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Originally Posted by Unclebean 

My grandfathers neighbor spreads coal ashes in his chicken run.  He claims it helps keep the eggs shells hard.  Anyone else hear anything like this?  Is this safe?


They will pick through and eat bits of it. Lots on minerals and some calcium.
ANd yes its safe.

We pile it in the front of their run so they can dust bath in the winter. Lots of happy chicken noises in our coop when we give them fresh ashes.

Just be sure it is only wood ash though. No garbage.

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Aww, how fun!  I will tell dh to send some over the gals way!

Teresa
Momma to 3 kiddos,  2 dogs and 10 assorted gals, rulin the roost in the California Foothills!  *phew*

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Teresa
Momma to 3 kiddos,  2 dogs and 10 assorted gals, rulin the roost in the California Foothills!  *phew*

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Originally Posted by PaulaJoAnne 
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Originally Posted by Unclebean 

My grandfathers neighbor spreads coal ashes in his chicken run.  He claims it helps keep the eggs shells hard.  Anyone else hear anything like this?  Is this safe?


They will pick through and eat bits of it. Lots on minerals and some calcium.
ANd yes its safe.

We pile it in the front of their run so they can dust bath in the winter. Lots of happy chicken noises in our coop when we give them fresh ashes.

Just be sure it is only wood ash though. No garbage.


This guy isn't using wood ash he is using ash from burning coal.  Is that still safe?

Living in Pennsylvania with my lovely wife, daughter, 2 sons, 5 Keeshonds, 33 chickens, 2 Standard Bronze turkeys and 15 Bourbon Red turkeys!

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Living in Pennsylvania with my lovely wife, daughter, 2 sons, 5 Keeshonds, 33 chickens, 2 Standard Bronze turkeys and 15 Bourbon Red turkeys!

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Coal fly has a lot of toxins in it.  I don't think I would use it.  Do a Google search on "coal fly" and be prepared to be horrified.  Dangerous stuff.

ETA- My dad burned coal when I was a kid and the ash was a menace to deal with.  Nothing would grow where you dumped it.  You couldn't walk on it with bare feet unless you wanted a trip to the ER.  Gnarly sh...stuff.


Edited by CMV - 12/22/10 at 5:07pm
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