Chickens and ashes

Yard full o' rocks

Songster
10 Years
Mar 24, 2009
2,985
187
233
Cartersville, Georgia
Well....my flock found my "ash pile", a place in the woods where I dump our ashes from the fireplace and from the charcoal grill. Just noticed ALL of them dusting in it and just having a big time.

Are ashes safe for them to dust in or do I need to shovel it all up and haul it off??

Thanks in advance
 

stephhassler

Songster
10 Years
Jan 30, 2009
152
2
121
Eastern Iowa
Well, I can only speak from experience - I was given a rooster once who had mites. Gave him some ashes to bathe in and the mites went away. I use regular fireplace ashes, not sure about ashes from the charcol grill - if they had residue from lighter fluid I suppose that could be a problem.
 

sjh

Songster
10 Years
Apr 23, 2009
106
1
108
The only problem is water.
Water+ashes=lye. Lye can cause burns.
I would say just keep an eye on them when tha ashes get wet.
 

1mommahen

Love My Cluckin' Coop
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
4,149
5
256
NJ
We put the ashes from our pellet stove in the run for three years now and no trouble!
 

kathyinmo

Nothing In Moderation
10 Years
May 14, 2009
24,538
306
426
(SW MO) Nevada, Missouri
My Coop
My Coop
I know wood ashes are often recommended for a good dust bath ..... some of each of these: wood ashes, DE, sand, dirt.

I have often wondered about the charcoal ashes also. I am glad you asked!

Huh? How does water turn ashes into lye? I have never heard that before.
 

rufus

Crowing
12 Years
May 17, 2007
3,216
140
254
We used to put the ashes from the wood stove in the chicken yard for their dust baths. It keeps down parasites.

Rufus
 

Manok-Tao

Songster
10 Years
Jan 6, 2010
295
11
121
W-S NC
In new coop design (being built) The building (6x8) is raised 2' off the ground. I'm planning on digging out a couple areas, into a bowl shape to facilitate dust baths. One will be sand/DE, the other fire place ash...happy birds, sad mites
And...why will I not be suprised if they create there own?
 
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