Garden lime on dirt run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LivingFate, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. LivingFate

    LivingFate Out Of The Brooder

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    My run stinks! Its dirt, really hard compact dirt :mad: I dusted it with garden lime yesterday, I don't have a tiller, tried to work it into the dirt, didn't go so well. Do I have to work it into the dirt? Or can I let the chickens work it in as they scratch around? Will it harm them if not worked in? I use DE in the coop should I put some in the run too?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It needs to be worked in and watered down well before your chickens are in it. Lime can burn their feet.
     
  3. LivingFate

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    So if I don't have a tiller can I use a hoe or I don't know what its called but its metal and it looks like a rack? Then just get a hose and water it a bit?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The soil needs to be turned under. Get a shovel, scoop deep and flip. Then rake it all smooth.
     
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Yes, you should have raked up the poo and used DE instead of lime. If you can't turn it under, can't you just take a garden hose and wash away all the lime off the soil's surface then put down your diatomaceous earth?
     
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  6. LivingFate

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    Thank you off to the run I go!
     
  7. Dustoff79

    Dustoff79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. LivingFate

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    My husband put lime in the run last night after we put the chickens into the coop for the night, next time I'll use DE. I'll look into Zeolite. Thanks
     
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i was wondering the same thing, thanks for posting the question. I grew up on a farm and I know lime can be dangerous.
     

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