ashes for dusting?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by hildymarie, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. hildymarie

    hildymarie Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    da UP of Michigan
    Our coop has about 6 inches of straw in it and today we found about 5 chickens dug into it and acting really silly. Our only thought is that they were trying to dust themselves and the snow outside wasnt going to work.
    So...can we put wood ashes in their 'pit' or is that bad for them? I'm sure they need to dust in something and putting something outside isnt an otion. Maybe DE and ashes? Would ashes be bad for them if it got moist on them? Wouldnt it irritate their skin? Ashes is the only thing I've heard of using. Anybody got any ideas?
  2. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    I have seen several posts on BYC that recommend to use wood ash as well as food-grade DE for dust bath use. I would not be afraid of it and this reminds me to empty my fireplace for just that purpose. I am restoring one that I had in the coop that was in a shallow 1 ft x 2 ft box. They need it now that it is so wet outside. I am doing one under the coop as well as another place they can hang out when it rains and do their dust bath thing. I have seen mine doing that in their litter recently in the afternoon when the sun comes in a certain window of the coop.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2009
  3. sbates

    sbates Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2009
    I would be very interested in using Ash too. I have a ton of it. But I think it is very alkali.. I wonder if it is safe?
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I have heard that the ash helps keep them lice/mite free... and..i have a fire pit outside and they always try to get in there to dust in the they must know what is good for them?
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I use ashes and even use the ones left over from BBQ grill, mixed in with some sand & DE in a deep wide tub with drain holes in the bottom. works like a charm they fight over that spot all summer long.

  6. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    I save the ash from my wood stove. Let it set in a metal bucket for a few days to make sure it is out and cold so I don't get a fire in the coop. After the ash is cool I put it in the covered run. The chickens really like it.
  7. CARS

    CARS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used about 4-5 gal. pails full of ash from my dad's wood stove last year. They loved it and everyone survived.

    Then, early this winter I helped my dad with his stove and I saw the junk he was burning in it... so I declined the offer this season.
  8. Chicken Rustler

    Chicken Rustler Grabs em n runs

    Quote:I hear what you are saying. I wouldn't want to give ash that is from stuff like plastic etc. I only burn forrest wood in my stove so don't think there is much concern.
  9. chickensnax

    chickensnax Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 24, 2009
    south Texas
    I have a few books on chickens that I got this spring when entering the chicken world, and I remember one of them atleast says to use a mixture of ash, sand, and dirt to mix together for thier dust bathing needs. Which I had proceeded to do and everyone survived and loved it untill the rain started this fall, now everything is just a solid mess. The only dry soft spot for them is under the barn and patio. But I would have to agree on using ash that is only wood, nothing with plastic or such burnt. So good bathing to you.
  10. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    yes wood ash is fine, mine dust in it and have all winter long ,also sprinkle some in the hogs feed to keep them wormed as well

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