can chickens dust bath in ash???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spish, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    i have bucket fulls of ash here from the wood burning stoves......my OH thinks i should give it to the chickens to dust themselves in....but first i want to make sure its safe?
    its just wood ash..nothing else used in there.......
     
  2. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Yes, that's perfect for them to dust bathe in.
     
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    wonderful!!!!
     
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dumped some ash in their run & their flinging it all over each other. Crazy birds. I love to watch them bathing in the dirt.
     
  5. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A quick question regarding this - does it have to be pure wood ash or can it be partially from the firestarters (small version of Duraflame). We use them to get the oak going. Also sometimes use lighter fluid. Would this make it unsafe to use in the run?
     
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't let them dust in that, they will but inbetween their feathers and skin.
     
  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Mine have been doing it for years. No problems.
     
  8. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put an ash bucket full of ashes out for my birds and it disappeared -- I'm still trying to figure out what they did with those ashes....
     
  9. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    but the firestarters and lighterfluid (burned off obviously)... not unsafe?
     

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