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Can you put powdered lime in the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NJfarmer, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it safe for chickens if I mixed some lime with the dirt floor of the coop. I read from the BYC ezboard that it gets rid of the smell. I am having a hard time finding DE in my area so I would like to try powdered lime right now until I can find some DE
     
  2. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Should be okay. I suggest you rake it in by stirring up the surface, sprinkling the lime and smoothin things out again with the rake.
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi, yes there are two kinds of lime sold. One is powdered and one is granular. The granular one is safe for animals, has no dust, and won't burn their feet. Karen
     
  4. NJfarmer

    NJfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to check to see if I have powder or granular, so is powdered bad??? and granular is good?
     
  5. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:The white powdered kind is a caustic chemical; hydrated lime, slaked lime, quicklime, etc. The kind you want is usually referred to as ag lime or garden lime and is used to raise the pH of soil. As others have said, it is just crushed limestone.
     
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  6. KellBell

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    Have you tried a pool or spa place alot of the pool supply stores have DH
     
  7. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find just turning over the soil helps keep down the smell.
     
  8. Mac in Wisco

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    Quote:Me too, I have a little Troy Bilt tiller that I turn the run with every now and again. It's fairly arid where I live though, so I don't really don't have much of a problems with odors anyway, everything stays pretty dry.
     
  9. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gee I wish I thought of that, I have one in my shed, we've been using a shovel. Thanks for mentioning that.
     

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