galvanizing?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by earthnut, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read in a pet book today that galvanized metal is toxic to birds. It said to scrub galvanized fencing in vinegar before using it, to remove excess zinc. Would it be a problem with chickens? All the hardware cloth and chicken wire was galvanized at the store. Do I have to scrub it all down for the coop? [​IMG]

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  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I never have and my birds are fine.
     
  3. Rafter 7 Paint Horses

    Rafter 7 Paint Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    East Texas
    I think that was meant for caged birds, like parrots and such, that use their beaks to climb around on the wire. Those types of birds also lick the wire.

    I have read that too in pet books, but I also read in the same books that it is OK for chickens and rabbits. Most of the metal feeders and waterers you buy for chickens is galvanized metal, and if you don't put medicine in them they are fine.

    This is just my opinion, there may be others that feel differently.

    Jean
     
  4. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    FYI, my chickens are confined to a chicken tractor, if that makes a difference. I'm inclined not to worry about it.
     

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