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using hydrated lime whitewash in the coop

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Ok, I've been reading up and am totally confused at this point. Some places say using hydrated lime as whitewash in the chicken coop and stirred into the bedding in the yard is perfectly fine and will help with the smell as well as bugs and flys. Other places say never ever use hydrated lime around chickens. So, anyone with experience I would appreciate some insight please?!? It seems bizarre to me that we eat hydrated lime in pickles and tortillas and it's used to clean our water but it's supposedly dangerous to use around animals. All we want to do is whitewash the floor and walls of our new coop to help keep water out of the wood, to cut down on smell, and to help eliminate bugs.

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I use it just on the ground.  I think the danger can come if they breathe it into their lungs. The white wash I would think is fine.  There would be little dust with that. 
 

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Donna  -   Wife and mother of 3 boys 29, 8 and 6.... yes you read that right smile.png  With God ALL things are possible.

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Homeschooling Thread

 

 

 

 

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All we want to do is whitewash the floor and walls of our new coop to help keep water out of the wood, to cut down on smell, and to help eliminate bugs.

Whitewash isn't going to keep water out very well.

 

You'll be better off to paint the coop and use AG lime for odors

 

Hydrated lime is very caustic when wet and can cause breathing problems

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All we want to do is whitewash the floor and walls of our new coop to help keep water out of the wood, to cut down on smell, and to help eliminate bugs.

Whitewash isn't going to keep water out very well.

 

You'll be better off to paint the coop and use AG lime for odors

 

Hydrated lime is very caustic when wet and can cause breathing problems

That is AG lime.... not the caustic kind. 

 

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Lavender Ameraucana Breeders Thread

Tennessee Breeders List

Homeschooling Thread

 

 

 

 

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Donna  -   Wife and mother of 3 boys 29, 8 and 6.... yes you read that right smile.png  With God ALL things are possible.

BREEDS I HAVE

Mega Bator --- Pallet Breeding Pens --- Pallet brooders/Growout Pens

Lavender Ameraucana Breeders Thread

Tennessee Breeders List

Homeschooling Thread

 

 

 

 

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post #5 of 7

Hydrated lime is safe to use for whitewashing the inside of the coop.  The bag will probably have instructions on it.  You will need to wear gloves while handling it and a mask to keep from breathing the dust while mixing it.  My sister has had chickens for 20+ years and does it all the time.  I am going to whitewash my coop today.  Good luck!  

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Tishaw, did you get your coop whitewashed? If so, would you please share the process you used. Do you have any pictures? My new coop is close to being finished and I need to figure out if/ how I'm going to do this. There are so many crevices in it I feel like I need to do something to prevent it being a nice new hotel for mites. Plus I like pictures I've seen of whitewashed structures. They look so fresh and clean.
Also, exactly what needs to be done annually to maintain it? I've read to needs to be reapplied, but does that mean the walls must be washed down first? Thanks so much!
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Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Ps. 34:8. Family: Hubbie Mark, 1 Sheltie, 1 Blk Australorpe, 1 Blk Copper Marans, 1 Blk Ameraucana, 1 Blue Marans, 1 Welsummer, 1 Cream Crested Legbar, 1 Golden Comet, 1 RIR & 3 Easter Eggers.
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post #7 of 7

I primed mine today and plan to whitewash with the old fashioned lime recipe as well.  Wondering though how long it takes to dry before I can add the chickens into coop?

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