?dangerous soil?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by del gallinero, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. del gallinero

    del gallinero Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone tell me is there are any potential dangers with placing a coop here? I have cleared out a place in my suburban back yard for my new chicken coop and chickens coming in the spring.
    I seem to have found an area where the soil has a lot of what looks to be old coal ash or whatever you call it from burning coal. The "soil" is very gritty and dark, and has some of those clinkers from incomplete coal burning. It has to be from long ago because nobody here now has coal furnaces. The coop and part of the run will sit over that area. With the chickens picking around in the ground, could there be residual heavy metals or toxic residue in this soil that could poison them? I am looking forward to raising healthy chickens and want to start off right. However, this is really the only area in my yard where the coop can go. Thanks in advance for any helpful information in dealing with this. I love this site and have already gained so much helpful information. [​IMG]
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    I'm sure no one really knows for sure. Does sound like there could be harmful residue there but if something is growing on it, it could well be that it's old enough not to matter much. I have a forge and throw all the clinker in one spot on the ground and they don't generally bother that spot. Guess they can smell it or something and it doesn't smell good?
     
  3. Bipolar_Hippo

    Bipolar_Hippo Out Of The Brooder

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    Can you put down a base layer of gravel and then sand on top of that? I'd be worried about mercury bioaccumulating in the eggs or meat.
     
  4. beach livin'

    beach livin' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could alwyas take a sample to your local environment health office, and have them test it for you.
     
  5. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    beach livin' :

    you could alwyas take a sample to your local environment health office, and have them test it for you.

    excellent idea. And [​IMG]
     
  6. del gallinero

    del gallinero Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the helpful suggestions.I'm going to see if there is someplace that will test it and if there isn't, I'll try to replace it with new soil. Heavy metal
    accumulation is what I was thinking might be the problem.
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    If you have it tested and it turns out to be contaminated, you may find yourself facing a LARGE clean up bill to have it taken care of
     
  8. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our house is quite old. There is a large area in the back where coal was dumped, spilt, stored, or something. My dogs ate the coal from this area for years, without exhibiting any harm. Plants grow well in this area.

    If you test and find something, you may be forced to clean it up. Even if it is trivial.
     

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