I was looking through the "brooders" members have built and posted on the site. We will have to build one very soon here. I have permission from my landlord. I have found a carpenter to do the work. (Trust me, you don't want me building your brooder - or anything else that requires hand / power tools - or cooking in the kitchen, while it is in mind. Thank God for my wife!) I just need to get an idea of what I want, and go buy the supplies for it. (In Cambodia, you never let the workers buy the materials for a job - ever.) Anyway, while browsing through the list, I came across one particular article that had the following statement in it: Quote: This caused me to think, due to having learned that chickens like to bath themselves in wood ash. (I had watched the hens do this on our farm in the past. But, I have never seen the chicks do it.) Here, they turn regular wood - planks, limbs, boards, blocks of wood, etc., into charcoal. They do not use coconut husks like other countries in SE Asia. They use this charcoal to cook with, rather than LPG or electricity, which would cost significantly more. Anyway, I figured I could mix some good dirt in with broken / mashed up charcoal for the chicks. Would the made-from-wood charcoal serve to put in a brooder for the chicks, and later in the hen house for older birds to bath in? Your comments, please, regarding using it for chicks and chickens? Also, thank you, so very much, for the help and assistance I have received on this site.