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Chickens and ashes

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Yard full o' rocks, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  2. stephhassler

    stephhassler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  3. Yard full o' rocks

    Yard full o' rocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I do not use lighter fluid of any kind. I have an electric wand that I put in there to start the charcoal from.

    Thanks again
     
  4. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  5. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

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    We put the ashes from our pellet stove in the run for three years now and no trouble![​IMG]
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    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.
     
  7. rufus

    rufus Overrun With Chickens

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    We used to put the ashes from the wood stove in the chicken yard for their dust baths. It keeps down parasites.

    Rufus
     
  8. Manok-Tao

    Manok-Tao Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  9. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

  10. Manok-Tao

    Manok-Tao Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:...dug out areas under coop in the cool shaded "chicken crawl space"
     

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