Ashes in the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PdxChick, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. PdxChick

    PdxChick Out Of The Brooder

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    This will be my first winter with chickens. I read in another topic that some of you add your fireplace ashes to the run. Does this help with parasites? Or is there another reason? We have two fireplaces that we use quite frequently in the winter. I usually use the ashes in the garden, but would gladly spread them in the run if that is a better use for them. Thanks for all the great info on this forum.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The ashes will help with parasites. I wouldn't over load the chicken yard with them but a good bucket full in their dust bathing area once in a while is good for them.
     
  3. chickenchok

    chickenchok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about charcoal ashes from the grill?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I wouldn't do charcoal from the grill, since there is lighter fluid/medium in them. Plain old wood ash is what you need.
     
  5. chickenchok

    chickenchok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We don't use lighter fluid... just newspaper to start the charcoal. So would that be ok?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Isn't that type of charcoal impregnated with a starting medium, though?
     
  7. chickenchok

    chickenchok Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nope... it's just good old charcoal.. no starter fluid medium
     
  8. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    Oh this is good to know... we're planning on a bon fire on friday for halloween of the brush and left over trees we cut down. I know my ladies love their dust bathes.
     
  9. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use wood ashes in the chicken pens & it has helped with egg production. Don't know how, but it works for us.

    Jean
     
  10. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen them use burnt out fire pits overseas they seem to really enjoy these.
     

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