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barn lime ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by critterranch, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone use barn lime from tractor supply on the floor in their chicken coop? to help with dampness and ammonia?
    i just started using but dont know if it helps yet. i use semi-deep litter only clean every 3-4 months
    right now my litter is amonth old and 5-6 inches.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I use it and love it. It was absolutely essential when I was raising pigs. It doesn't do much for dampness, but keeps the stench down. For the damp you may want to check out a product called Stall Dry, which is pelletized DE. I am using it in my duck house this winter to combat odor and wetness because I have heard such great things about it.
     
  3. papeine

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    I use it.. a layer on the bottom, covered with shavings
     
  4. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this might be a silly question, but it is pellets or powdered? will this also help keep down lice/and other parasites??
     
  5. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my barn lime is powder
    yes was wondering about that too would be a plus
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Ag lime is in powder form. Pelletized lime is usually hydrated lime which is highly caustic and will burn any skin it comes in contact with. I use both forms, but do not allow animals near hydrated lime until after it's been wet down a few times.

    I don't believe lime assists at all in parasite control.
     
  7. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had been periodically adding horse manure to my garden, from a farmer that uses lime in his stalls. When I finally got around to getting a soil test, my pH was extremely high. So, you might want to be careful with how much of the stuff goes into your compost pile.
     
  8. Jmcdonald

    Jmcdonald New Egg

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    Just added barn lime from tractor supply to my chicken coop and had horrible results with my Cornish rocks! Within hours it had damaged their lungs and they had rattled breathing! 2 died so far!! We immediately wet it down & put hay over it!! All our other birds are fine. We are mortified. We told them exactly what we had, what we wanted to do, & what we needed... This is the product they recommended. I am so upset. Don't know how many more we will loose. :-(
     

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