Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sab, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ripley, WV
    So I just cleaned out my pellet stove and have a small container of wood ash. Should I dump it in the compost bin or dump it in the run for the girls to wallow in?? I think I read somewhere that wood ash was good for dust bathing but I might be wrong.
  2. LeezyBeezy

    LeezyBeezy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2010
    Lancaster PA
    I've read they like to bathe in it too.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Mix it with sand, or peat moss. They'll love it as dust-bathing material.
  4. erlibrd

    erlibrd Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    If it's ash from good clean wood is the only way I would use it for chickens, my DH gets wood scraps from home construction sites and it is usually varnished or stained. He puts that in the garage wood stove I don't like the smell and wouldn't give those ashes to my ladies! I won't even put it in the compost, maybe I'm over reacting? I don't think so.[​IMG] Those ashes go out where the chickens aren't allowed to go.

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