all ash dust bath, bad idea???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by socks, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. socks

    socks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    Pacific Northwest
    Hi, we had a nice dust bath going in the summer and then kind of forgot about it and it dwindled to nothing. Right now everything is wet, wet and I don't want to take an expensive trip to town to buy sand if I can avoid it. What I do have on hand is wood ash from our stove. I know it is usual to mix some in with sand and other things but in searching this I have seen a few people who seem to mention only the ash. Would that be o.k.???? I am just a little worried that it would produce a lot of dust that they might inhale (although it would be outside). In a pinch I could go get some sand from the beach, wash the salt out and slowly dry it under our wood stove. I could also try the same with a wet bag of peat moss. Do you think it is best to do a mixture??? I will be mail ordering some food grade diatomaceous earth which I would add later.

    Would like your thoughts on this.

    thanks as always
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    That's all my grandmas hens ever had was ash from the stove. They lived i'm thinking yeah, it's fine.
  3. Laurieks

    Laurieks Where did the time go???

    Aug 14, 2009
    Sonoma County, CA
    I'd throw in some powdered dry eucalyptus leaves if you have any [​IMG]
  4. greenpeeps

    greenpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Greenford, Ohio
    We have an outdoor woodburner and we throw all the ashes behind the stove, which is under some pine trees. When there's no snow and they are free ranging they spent a ton of time haveing dust baths in nothing but ashes. They are perfectly fine. So now they have a dust box in there coop that has nothing but ashes in it. I have no problem with any bugs.

    Thing more natural then chemical. Your eating the eggs & meat
  5. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2009
    The only problem I see is ash + water = lye. Lye is caustic and can cause burns. Use with cation.
  6. socks

    socks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    Pacific Northwest
    okay everyone, thanks for the encouraging examples and sjh, interesting thought on the lye.....

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